Senator SANDRA B. CUNNINGHAM
District 31 (Hudson)
Senator M. TERESA RUIZ
District 29 (Essex)
Permits incarcerated persons to receive student financial aid.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act concerning student financial aid and amending N.J.S.18A:71B-2.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. N.J.S.18A:71B-2 is amended to read as follows:
18A:71B-2. a. A student who is enrolled in an eligible institution and who is eligible for and receives any form of student financial aid through a program administered by the State under this chapter shall be considered to remain domiciled in New Jersey and eligible for continued financial assistance notwithstanding the fact that the student is financially dependent upon the student's parents or guardians and that the parents or guardians change their domicile to another State.
b. A person shall not be awarded financial aid under this chapter unless the person has been a resident of this State for a period of not less than 12 months immediately prior to receiving the financial aid.
c. A person shall not be awarded student financial aid under this chapter unless the person is a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen, as determined under 20 U.S.C.s.1091. The authority shall determine whether persons who were eligible noncitizens prior to the effective date of the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996," Pub.L.104-193, but not after that date, shall continue to be eligible for student financial aid under this chapter.
d. A person who is incarcerated shall [not] be eligible for student financial aid under this chapter.
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill would eliminate the statutory provision prohibiting persons who are incarcerated from receiving State student grants and scholarships. An incarcerated person would be subject to the same statutes and regulations governing the receipt of a grant or scholarship through a State-administered program as are all other applicants for this aid.