S.699. Allows certain students including undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria to qualify for State student financial aid programs.

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Vainieri Huttle, Valerie


                    The bill provides that a student who meets the requirements established under P.L.2013, c.170 (C.18A:62-4.4) is eligible to apply for, and participate in, any student financial aid program administered by the HESAA or the Secretary of Higher Education.

      Under P.L.2013, c.170, a student, including a student without lawful immigration status, is allowed to pay the resident tuition rate at the State’s public institutions of higher education if the student meets the following requirements:

      (1)  attended high school in this State for three or more years;
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                          (2)  graduated from a high school in this State or received the equivalent of a high school diploma in the State;

      (3)  registers as an entering student or is currently enrolled in a public institution of higher education not earlier than the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year; and

      (4)  in the case of a person without lawful immigration status, files an affidavit with the institution of higher education stating that the student has filed an application to legalize his immigration status or will file an application as soon as he is eligible to do so.

      A student who is enrolled in an independent institution of higher education would also be eligible to apply for, and participate in, any student financial aid program if that student meets the other eligibility criteria of P.L.2013, c.170.


 The OLS concludes that this bill may lead to an increase in State expenditures by: 1) increasing the number of students who are currently enrolled in an institution of higher education and eligible to receive State student financial aid; and 2) increasing the number of individuals who elect to enroll in an institution of higher education by reducing the out-of-pocket cost of attendance due to eligibility for financial aid.  While the OLS does not have sufficient information to determine the amount of financial assistance for which students would become eligible, existing data suggest that the fiscal impact would be small relative to current appropriations.

      The TAG program provides the most significant form of student assistance.  The FY 2018 budget appropriated $425.9 million for this purpose, providing an average grant award of $7,451 per recipient who attends a four-year institution of higher education.  According to a recent report, as of fall 2015, there were nearly 600 students[1] who qualified for in-State tuition at a four-year institution pursuant to P.L.2013, c.170.  Given that this bill would impact the same group of individuals, one may reasonably assume that the same number of individuals would be affected.  Based on this assumption, an additional $4.47 million would be needed in order to maintain the same average award, an increase of approximately one percent relative to the amount appropriated in FY 2018.  The additional cost would increase to the extent that the access to the State’s student assistance programs would encourage additional individuals to enroll in an institution of higher education.

      The OLS further notes that the additional cost of other State student assistance programs under the bill would be minimal for two reasons.  First, these programs provide significantly less support to individuals than TAG.  Second, several of the other programs include other eligibility criteria that would diminish the number of individuals who would receive the benefit as a result of this bill.

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  • Approved P.L.2018, c.12.

    Wed, May 9th 2018
  • Substituted for A3467 (1R)

    Thu, Apr 12th 2018
  • Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (49-24-0)

    Thu, Apr 12th 2018
  • Motion To Table (Greenwald) (49-24-0)

    Thu, Apr 12th 2018
  • Motion To Aa (Bramnick)

    Thu, Apr 12th 2018
  • Received in the Assembly without Reference, 2nd Reading

    Thu, Apr 5th 2018
  • Passed Senate (27-10)

    Mon, Mar 26th 2018
  • Reported out of Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading

    Tue, Mar 13th 2018
  • Reported out of Senate Committee, 2nd Reading

    Thu, Feb 8th 2018
  • Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee

    Thu, Feb 8th 2018
  • Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Higher Education Committee

    Tue, Jan 9th 2018