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  • NJ A1254
  • "Higher Education Citizenship Equality Act;" defines domicile for dependent students for the purpose of eligibility for State student loans, grants, or scholarships and resident tuition rate.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
The bill is entitled the "Higher Education Citizenship Equality Act." The bill defines domicile for purposes of qualifying U.S. citizen resident dependent students, with uncertain points of parental domicile, for State student loans, grants, scholarships and undergraduate tuition rates. The bill addresses the difficult and unfair situation that faces some dependent students who were born in the country as U.S. citizens and are residents of the State, but who are unable to qualify for State student loans, grants, scholarships and undergraduate tuition rates due to the immigration status of the students' parents. Because the domicile status of a dependent student is determined by the domicile of the student's parents, many U.S. citizen resident dependent students of this State are unable to qualify for State student loans, grants, scholarships, and undergraduate tuition rates as a result of their parents' legal status in this country. The bill provides that a dependent student is considered domiciled in the State for the purposes of determining eligibility for resident undergraduate tuition rates by qualifying under provisions (1) and (2) below and is considered domiciled in the State for the purposes of determining eligibility for State student loans, grants, scholarships, by qualifying under provisions (1) through (3) below. (1) Citizenship: the student is a United States citizen. (2) State Residence: the student and the student's parents have resided in New Jersey for a period of not less than 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the academic period for which State student assistance is being requested or, in the case of the undergraduate tuition rates, 12 consecutive months before first enrolling in a public institution. (3) Income Tax Filing or Withholding for Loan, Grant, and Scholarship Applicants For determining eligibility for a State student loan, grant, or scholarship, but not resident undergraduate tuition rates: the student's parent or guardian must provide the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority with documentation that the parent or guardian has filed a State and federal income tax return, or has had income tax withheld.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Higher Education Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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