S01046 Summary:

Ren Title 7 Art 130 to be Art 129-C, add §6457, Ed L
Establishes the Charles L. Reason fellowship for the purpose of increasing faculty diversity in higher education.
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S01046 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     January 9, 2023
        Introduced  by  Sens. COONEY, BROUK, GOUNARDES, RIVERA -- read twice and
          ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
          Higher Education
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  education  law, in relation to establishing the
          Charles L. Reason fellowship for the  purpose  of  increasing  faculty
          diversity in higher education in New York

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Article 130 of title 7 of the education law  is  renumbered
     2  article 129-C and a new section 6457 is added to read as follows:
     3    §  6457.  Charles  L. Reason fellowship. 1. General requirements.  The
     4  commissioner shall award grants to degree-granting institutions  in  New
     5  York  or to consortia of such institutions to be used for the purpose of
     6  increasing access by minority  or  disadvantaged  students  to  academic
     7  programs  that have been registered by the commissioner and that prepare
     8  students from underrepresented minority groups to earn terminal academic
     9  degrees and  become  higher  education  faculty  members.  Students  who
    10  complete  the  undergraduate  fellowship  and  enroll  in  a  program as
    11  described in subdivision three of this section  shall  be  eligible  for
    12  loan  forgiveness  payments  to  further assist their careers as faculty
    13  members.
    14    2. Charles L. Reason  fellowship.  (a)  (i)  Undergraduate  fellowship
    15  moneys   may  be  used  for  tutoring,  counseling,  faculty  mentorship
    16  expenses,  supplemental  financial  assistance,  program  administration
    17  including  staff,  summer research or similar academic opportunities for
    18  participating fellows, student travel expenses for academic conferences,
    19  and other activities which the commissioner may deem appropriate. To  be
    20  eligible  for  Charles  L.    Reason  undergraduate  fellowship  program
    21  support, a student must be a resident of New York, or meet the  require-
    22  ments of subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph, and must be from a minori-
    23  ty  group historically underrepresented in academic faculty in New York,
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  and must demonstrate interest in and a potential to attain  a  Ph.D.  or
     2  other  terminal  academic  degree  and  teach at the collegiate level if
     3  provided special services. Eligible students must be  in  good  academic
     4  standing, enrolled full time in an approved, undergraduate level program
     5  of study, as defined by the regents.
     6    (ii)  An  applicant who is not a legal resident of New York state, but
     7  who is a United States citizen, a permanent lawful resident, an individ-
     8  ual who is granted U or T non-immigrant status pursuant to  the  Victims
     9  of  Trafficking  and  Violence  Protection Act of 2000, a person granted
    10  temporary protected status pursuant to the Federal  Immigration  Act  of
    11  1990,  an  individual  of  a  class  of refugees paroled by the attorney
    12  general of the United States under his or her parole authority  pertain-
    13  ing  to  the  admission  of aliens to the United States, or an applicant
    14  without lawful immigration status, shall be eligible for an award at the
    15  undergraduate level of study provided that the student:
    16    (1) attended a registered New York state high school for two  or  more
    17  years,  graduated  from  a  registered  New  York  state high school and
    18  applied for attendance at the institution of higher  education  for  the
    19  undergraduate  study  for  which an award is sought within five years of
    20  receiving a New York state high school diploma; or
    21    (2) attended an approved New York  state  program  for  a  state  high
    22  school  equivalency  diploma,  received  a state high school equivalency
    23  diploma and applied for attendance at the institution of  higher  educa-
    24  tion  for  the  undergraduate  study for which an award is sought within
    25  five years of receiving a state high school equivalency diploma; or
    26    (3) is otherwise eligible for the payment of tuition  and  fees  at  a
    27  rate  no  greater  than  that imposed for resident students of the state
    28  university of New York, the city university of  New  York  or  community
    29  colleges  as prescribed in subparagraph eight of paragraph h of subdivi-
    30  sion two of section three hundred fifty-five of this  chapter  or  para-
    31  graph  (a) of subdivision seven of section sixty-two hundred six of this
    32  title. Provided, further, that  a  student  without  lawful  immigration
    33  status shall also be required to file an affidavit with such institution
    34  of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to
    35  legalize his or her immigration status, or will file such an application
    36  as soon as he or she is eligible to do so; and
    37    (4)  has  completed at least one year of post-secondary education at a
    38  college or university chartered by the regents within the state  of  New
    39  York and remains in good standing with that institution.
    40    (b)  Applications  for  funding  shall be submitted by eligible insti-
    41  tutions to the department in accordance with requirements established by
    42  the commissioner. Priority consideration shall be given to  institutions
    43  which  demonstrate an ability to graduate students who enter post-bacca-
    44  laureate programs at a high level. Grants  shall  be  awarded  based  on
    45  criteria established by the commissioner.
    46    3.  Loan  forgiveness.  (a) Moneys shall be made available, subject to
    47  appropriations, for purposes of student loan forgiveness  in  accordance
    48  with the provisions of this section to students who:
    49    (i) successfully completed the undergraduate Charles L. Reason fellow-
    50  ship as described in subdivision two of this section;
    51    (ii)  have  graduated  from  a  baccalaureate  program at a college or
    52  university chartered by the regents;
    53    (iii) within four  years  of  achieving  their  baccalaureate  degree,
    54  enrolls  in  a  Ph.D. or similar terminal academic degree program regis-
    55  tered with the department at a college or university  chartered  by  the
    56  regents  that  is not a program granting the credential of juris doctor,

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     1  medical doctor, or other degree leading  to  a  licensed  profession  as
     2  described in title eight of this chapter; and
     3    (iv)  is  a resident of New York, or meet the requirements of subpara-
     4  graph (ii) of paragraph (a) of subdivision two of this section.
     5    (b) Funding awarded pursuant to this subdivision shall not exceed  the
     6  total  qualifying  outstanding  debt  of  a Charles L. Reason Fellowship
     7  participating student from student loans  to  cover  tuition  and  other
     8  educational  expenses,  made  by  or  guaranteed by the federal or state
     9  government, or made by a lending  or  educational  institution  approved
    10  under  title  IV  of  the  federal  higher education act. Loan repayment
    11  awards shall be used solely to repay such debt.
    12    (c) Applications for  loan  forgiveness  shall  be  made  by  eligible
    13  students in accordance with requirements established by the commissioner
    14  and  the  president of the higher education services corporation. Grants
    15  shall be awarded based on criteria established by the  commissioner  and
    16  the  president  of  the higher education services committee based on the
    17  availability of funds appropriated for that purpose.
    18    (d) A student receiving funds pursuant to this  subdivision  shall  be
    19  eligible for a loan repayment award to be determined by the commissioner
    20  over  a  four year period provided however that no student shall receive
    21  more than ten thousand dollars in loan forgiveness payments per year  or
    22  more than forty thousand dollars in loan forgiveness payments under this
    23  subdivision in their lifetime.
    24    (e) In the event that a student no longer meets the qualifications for
    25  loan forgiveness as defined in this subdivision, any scheduled or forth-
    26  coming  payments to that student will be suspended until they certify to
    27  the department, in a method determined by the department, that they meet
    28  such qualifications.
    29    4. Reporting requirements. Institutions participating in  the  Charles
    30  L.  Reason  fellowship  shall submit to the commissioner such reports or
    31  other information as the commissioner shall  require.  The  commissioner
    32  shall  prepare  for the governor, the temporary president of the senate,
    33  the speaker of the assembly, the respective minority leaders in both the
    34  senate and assembly, and the board of regents an annual  report  of  the
    35  activities  of  institutions  which receive state funds pursuant to this
    36  section concerning,  but  not  limited  to,  the  effectiveness  of  the
    37  programs, the numbers of students served, and future plans.
    38    5.  Rules and regulations. The commissioner shall promulgate rules and
    39  regulations to implement this section.
    40    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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