New York S1786 & A3032: An Act to allow students in a postsecondary education experience or transition program to receive awards from the tuition assistance program
Status (S1786): Amend and recommit to Finance (January 19, 2022)
(A3032): Amend and recommit to Higher Education (March 2, 2022)
Introduced in 2022, this legislation allows students with intellectual disabilities in federally approved comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs to receive financial aid from the New York state tuition assistance program. The bill allows them to receive aid in the same manner as students enrolled in a four-year degree-granting program with the same income limits and awards for each year. The approved comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs where New York students can apply state tuition assistance funds must meet several criteria. These programs must provide individual supports and services to all students with intellectual disabilities in academic courses and extracurricular activities. They must also have a direct focus on academic enrichment, socialization, independent living skills (including self-advocacy skills) and giving students integrated work experiences and career skills that lead to gainful employment. Additionally, approved programs must integrate person-centered planning into each student’s course of study, and must create a meaningful credential that students with intellectual disabilities receive upon completing the program. This legislation exists in the form of companion bills in the New York state Senate (S1786) and Assembly (A3032).