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A10356 Summary:

BILL NOA10356
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSOREpstein
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 667, Ed L
 
Excludes any term during which a student cannot attend school in-person for two or more weeks due to closure because of a declared state disaster emergency from the maximum duration of tuition assistance program awards.
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A10356 Actions:

BILL NOA10356
 
04/29/2020referred to higher education
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A10356 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A10356
 
SPONSOR: Epstein
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to excluding certain time periods from the maximum duration of tuition assistance program awards   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prevent state disaster emergencies that cause a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) recipient to miss two or more weeks of in-person instruc- tion from impacting the maximum term of eligibility for TAP grants.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends subdivision 2 of section 667 of the education law to prevent the closure of an educational institution caused by a state declared disaster emergency that prevents a student from attending classes in person for two or more weeks from counting towards the maxi- mum term of eligibility for TAP grants Section 2 provides the effective date   JUSTIFICATION: Currently, eligible undergraduates are limited to four or five years of TAP awards depending on how long their program of study normally requires. Existing law does not consider how a school's closure due to a disaster emergency may affect a student's ability to complete a term, and how that in turn may create a scenario in which a student who relies on TAP requires more terms to attain their degree. This bill would prevent TAP eligible students who cannot attend school due to a state declared disaster emergency and who require additional terms above the maximum term of TAP award eligibility to complete their program with the help of TAP.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:   EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately after becoming law.
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A10356 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          10356
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     April 29, 2020
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by M. of A. EPSTEIN -- read once and referred to the Commit-
          tee on Higher Education
 
        AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to excluding certain time
          periods from the maximum duration of tuition assistance program awards
 
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1.  Subdivision  2  of  section  667 of the education law, as
     2  amended by chapter 376 of the laws  of  2019,  is  amended  to  read  as
     3  follows:
     4    2.  Duration.  No  undergraduate  shall be eligible for more than four
     5  academic years of study, or five academic years if the program of  study
     6  normally requires five years. Students enrolled in a program of remedial
     7  study,  approved  by the commissioner in an institution of higher educa-
     8  tion and intended to culminate in a degree in undergraduate study shall,
     9  for purposes of this section, be considered as enrolled in a program  of
    10  study  normally  requiring five years. An undergraduate student enrolled
    11  in an eligible two year program of study approved  by  the  commissioner
    12  shall  be  eligible  for  no more than three academic years of study. An
    13  undergraduate student enrolled in an approved two or  four-year  program
    14  of  study  approved  by  the  commissioner  who must transfer to another
    15  institution as a result of permanent college closure shall  be  eligible
    16  for  up  to two additional semesters, or their equivalent, to the extent
    17  credits necessary to complete his or her program of  study  were  deemed
    18  non-transferable from the closed institution or were deemed not applica-
    19  ble  to  such  student's  program  of study by the new institution.  Any
    20  semester, quarter, or term of attendance during which a student receives
    21  any award under this article, after the effective  date  of  the  former
    22  scholar  incentive  program  and prior to academic year nineteen hundred
    23  eighty-nine--nineteen hundred ninety, shall be counted toward the  maxi-
    24  mum  term  of  eligibility  for  tuition  assistance under this section,
    25  except that any semester, quarter or term of attendance during  which  a
    26  student  received  an award pursuant to section six hundred sixty-six of
    27  this subpart shall be counted as one-half  of  a  semester,  quarter  or
    28  term,  as  the case may be, toward the maximum term of eligibility under
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD16198-02-0

        A. 10356                            2
 
     1  this section. Any semester, quarter or term of attendance during which a
     2  student received an award pursuant to section six hundred  sixty-seven-a
     3  of  this  subpart shall not be counted toward the maximum term of eligi-
     4  bility  under this section.  Any semester, quarter or term of attendance
     5  during which a student cannot attend school in-person for  two  or  more
     6  weeks  due to the closure of such educational institution as a result of
     7  a declared state disaster emergency shall  not  be  counted  toward  the
     8  maximum term of eligibility under this section.
     9    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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