A02985 Summary:

BILL NOA02985
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORSimon (MS)
 
COSPNSRLupardo, Crespo, Blake, Otis, Jaffee, Walker, Seawright, Cahill, D'Urso, Gottfried, Ra, Ashby, Arroyo
 
MLTSPNSRCook, Englebright
 
Add 669-i, Ed L
 
Relates to the creation of the adult student grant program.
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A02985 Actions:

BILL NOA02985
 
01/28/2019referred to higher education
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A02985 Memo:

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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A02985 Text:



 
                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.
                                                                   LBD01500-01-9

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     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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A02985 LFIN:

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