STATE OF NEW YORK
January 31, 2022
Introduced by M. of A. DARLING -- read once and referred to the Commit-
tee on Higher Education
AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing the New
York state employee loan forgiveness program
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 679-k
2 to read as follows:
3 § 679-k. New York state employee loan forgiveness program. 1.
4 Purpose. The commissioner shall grant student loan forgiveness awards
5 for the purpose of retaining individuals serving as employees of a state
7 2. Definitions. (a) "State employer" means: (1) the executive branch
8 of the state, (2) a cooperative extension association ("association"),
9 (3) the unified court system, (4) the senate, (5) the assembly, and (6)
10 joint legislative employers.
11 (b) "Student loan debt" means the total annual loan repayments
12 required to be made by the eligible employee on the cumulative total of
13 the employee's outstanding student loans covering the cost of attendance
14 at an undergraduate institution and/or graduate school. Interest paid or
15 due on such loans shall be considered eligible for reimbursement under
16 this program. For purposes of this calculation, the amount of the
17 student loan expense shall be reduced by any grants, loan forgiveness,
18 or similar reductions to the employee's indebtedness that he or she has
19 received or shall receive.
20 (c) "Year of qualified service" means the twelve-month period measured
21 from the anniversary of the individual's employment with the state
22 employer and adjusted for any interruption in employment.
23 3. Eligibility. (a) To be eligible for an award pursuant to this
24 subdivision, applicants shall: (1) be employed by a state employer; (2)
25 for five or more years of qualified service; and (3) have an outstanding
26 student loan debt.
27 (b) Individuals employed by a state employer who are not eligible
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 (1) elected officials, judges or justices appointed to or serving in
2 court of record;
3 (2) officers described in sections four, forty-one-a, forty-six,
4 sixty-one, seventy, seventy-a, one hundred sixty-nine (including those
5 officers whose salary is established pursuant to salary plans under
6 subdivision three of section one hundred sixty-nine), section one
7 hundred eighty and subdivision one of section forty-one of the executive
8 law and any agency or department head appointed by the governor, comp-
9 troller or attorney general; and
10 (3) appointed members of boards or commissions any of whose members
11 are appointed by the governor or by another state officer or body.
12 4. Awards. The commissioner shall grant awards in the amount of five
13 thousand dollars to individuals who are eligible, pursuant to subdivi-
14 sion two of this section, in the year prior to such application,
15 provided that no recipient shall receive an award that exceeds the total
16 remaining balance of the student loan debt and that no recipient shall
17 receive cumulative awards, pursuant to this section, in excess of ten
18 thousand dollars. Awards shall be within the amounts appropriated for
19 such purpose and based on availability of funds.
20 5. Rules and regulations. The commissioner is authorized to promulgate
21 rules and regulations necessary for the implementation of the provisions
22 of this section.
23 § 2. This act shall take effect April 1, 2022.