BRONX, New York – Yesterday, State Senator Alessandra Biaggi joined the Democratic majority in the Senate to pass major legislation to improve student aid at higher education institutions in New York City schools. Advanced invoices will provide support to veteran students through campus resources and academic credit opportunities. Legislation passed by Senate majority also standardizes the timing of the award of the tuition assistance program for dependent and independent students, creates a task force to study private student loan refinancing options, protects the right privacy for immigrant students on campus and helps provide the New York State and community college systems with the support they deserve.

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi (D-Bronx / Westchester) made the following statement:

“Our higher education system must always put the best interests of the students it is intended to serve first. I am happy to join my colleagues in passing important legislation to expand affordability of programs leading to a degree and to create additional protections for immigrant students at SUNY and CUNY institutions. I express my gratitude to the sponsors of the bill for their leadership in moving these bills forward. “

The bills put forward by the Senate majority include:

  • Helping Veterans in Our Colleges: This Bill S.2291 sponsored by Senator James Sanders Jr., the State University of New York and the University of the City of New York will be required to review and conduct a study on the availability of campus services, programs and resources for veteran students.
  • SUNY / CUNY Veteran Credit: this invoice S.2680A sponsored by Senator Joseph P. Addabbo will allow state-run institutions to grant university credits to veterans based on their military experiences.
  • Protecting the privacy of immigrant students: this bill S. 2778 sponsored by Senator Toby Ann Stavisky prohibit any employee or officer of a CUNY or SUNY university from requesting specific details of a student’s immigration status, except when required by federal law, pursuant to a court order, or as required in connection with tuition fees or financial aid eligibility.
  • Help returning students and update their TAP scholarship amounts: these two invoices S.2764/S.2765 sponsored by Senator Toby Ann Stavisky will update the Tuition Assistance Program, to increase scholarship amounts to current rates for dependent and independent students at degree-granting colleges in the state. This will encourage students to continue their studies.
  • Defend borrowers and create the Student Loan Refinancing Task Force: this bill S.2767 sponsored by Senator Tim Kennedy, will establish a private student loan refinancing task force, made up of various loan experts, legislative and state officials, to provide solutions for the benefit of borrowers.


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