|SAME AS||No Same As|
|COSPNSR||Lupardo, Crespo, Blake, Otis, Jaffee, Walker, Seawright, Cahill, D'Urso, Gottfried, Ra, Ashby, Arroyo, Davila|
|Add §669-i, Ed L|
|Relates to the creation of the adult student grant program.|
|01/28/2019||referred to higher education|
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NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
BILL NUMBER: A2985 SPONSOR: Simon (MS)
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to creating the adult student grant program   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide adult students returning to college or seeking career educa- tion and training with financial aid grants.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. Amends the education law by adding a new section 669-h to create the Adult Student Grant Program, which will provide financial aid grants to adults returning to college or seeking career education and training. Requires that in order to be eligible for the program, a student must: remain in good academic standing; attending a participat- ing institution for at least three semester hours; be a legal resident of the state of New York; and not be eligible for tuition awards for part-time undergraduate students, Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) awards, and part-time Tuition Assistance program awards (Part-Time TAP). Provides that the annual adult student grants shall be for an amount up to $1,500 or the cost of tuition, whichever is less. Further provides that a recipient shall receive no more than $6,000 in adult student grants. Requires that priority shall be given to applicants that demon- strate financial need.   JUSTIFICATION: The needs, circumstances and demographics of higher education students are rapidly shifting, and the financial aid system needs to evolve to provide the assistance needed for this new type of higher education student. This legislation addresses the issue by creating the Adult Student Grant Program to provide financial aid grants to students who are no longer eligible for certain financial aid awards or whose circum- stances disqualify them from meeting the eligibility criteria of finan- cial aid programs. The demands of the 21st century economy, a compet- itive labor market and the need for individuals to strengthen their skills or prepare for new opportunities in their careers means for many adults returning to college or attending college for the first time. A large number of these adult students are employed full time, and must contend with other obligations that accompany adult life. Many adult students will be attending college part time. These non-traditional students unique circumstances precludes them from receiving help form state financial aid programs, which favor "traditional" college students or students who enroll in college directly after attending high school and pursue degrees on a continuous, full time basis. New York State's financial aid programs are not tailored to the needs of students who must attend college on a part time basis. Even those programs designed specifically for part-time students are not flexible enough to meet the needs of the individuals they were meant to serve. The Adult Student Grant Program will help those students left behind by current financial aid awards by taking into consideration the circumstances and constraints that adult nontraditional students face.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be Determined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take immediately.
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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2985 2019-2020 Regular Sessions IN ASSEMBLY January 28, 2019 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. SIMON, LUPARDO, CRESPO, BLAKE, OTIS, JAFFEE, WALKER, SEAWRIGHT, CAHILL, D'URSO, GOTTFRIED, RA -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COOK, ENGLEBRIGHT -- read once and referred to the Commit- tee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to creating the adult student grant 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 669-i 2 to read as follows: 3 § 669-i. The adult student grant program. 1. Purpose. The adult 4 student grant program is hereby created to provide financial aid grants 5 to adults returning to college or seeking career education and training. 6 2. Definitions. a. "Good academic standing" for the purposes of this 7 section means retaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or the 8 equivalent. 9 b. "Participating institution" for the purposes of this section means 10 any institution of higher education that is included in the University 11 of the State of New York as enumerated in section two hundred fourteen 12 of this title. 13 c. "Cost of attendance" shall mean tuition, required fees, laboratory 14 and other instruction related to expenses, books, transportation, and 15 room and board. 16 3. Eligibility. The adult student grant program shall be available to 17 those persons: 18 a. who are (i) a citizen of the United States, or (ii) an alien 19 lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States, or (iii) 20 an individual of a class of refugees paroled by the attorney general of 21 the United States under his or her parole authority pertaining to the 22 admission of aliens to the United States; 23 b. who remain in good academic standing; EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01500-01-9A. 2985 2 1 c. who attend a participating institution for at least three semester 2 hours; 3 d. who are not eligible for awards under sections six hundred sixty- 4 six, six hundred sixty-seven, or six hundred sixty-seven-c of this 5 subpart; and 6 e. who have been either a legal resident of the state for at least one 7 year immediately preceding the beginning of the semester, quarter or 8 term of attendance for which application for the adult student grant 9 program is made. Notwithstanding any other provision of this article to 10 the contrary, the New York state residency eligibility requirement for 11 this program is waived for a member, or the spouse or dependent of a 12 member, of the armed forces of the United States on full-time active 13 duty and stationed in this state. 14 4. Grants. The annual adult student grants shall be for an amount up 15 to one thousand five hundred dollars or the cost of tuition, whichever 16 is less. In no event shall the amount of the annual grant exceed the 17 recipient's cost of attendance at the institution attended. The corpo- 18 ration shall provide such grants within the amounts appropriated for 19 such purpose and based on the availability of funds. A recipient shall 20 receive no more than six thousand dollars in adult student grants. 21 5. Priority. Priority will be given to applicants that demonstrate 22 financial need as determined by the corporation. 23 6. Rules. The corporation is authorized to promulgate rules and regu- 24 lations, and may promulgate emergency regulations, for the necessary 25 implementation of the provisions of this section. 26 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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