Fiscal note senate, No. 849 State of new jersey 216th legislature




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FISCAL NOTE

SENATE, No. 849

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE
DATED: SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

SUMMARY



Synopsis:

“New Jersey Tuition Equality for America’s Military (NJTEAM) Act;” provides in-State tuition at New Jersey public institutions of higher education to military veterans.

Type of Impact:

Indeterminate impact on public institutions of higher education.

Agencies Affected:

Public institutions of higher education.




Executive Estimate

Fiscal Impact

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Public Institutions of Higher Education

Indeterminate.







  • The Office of Legislative Services (OLS) concurs with the Executive that the enactment of Senate Bill No. 849 will have an indeterminate impact on the public institutions of higher education. According to the Executive, there are over 22 million veterans living in the country. It is not possible to determine how many veterans across the country would enroll in a public institution in the State and thus be eligible for in-State tuition.

  • Higher education tuition revenues are not part of State budgeted expenditures. Any changes in tuition revenues as a result of this bill would only impact the public institutions.



BILL DESCRIPTION
Senate Bill No. 849 of 2014 provides that a veteran attending a public institution of higher education in New Jersey will be regarded as a resident of the State, thereby enabling the veteran to pay an in-State tuition rate. Under the bill, a veteran is defined as a person who has served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.

FISCAL ANALYSIS
EXECUTIVE BRANCH
The Executive cannot estimate the cost of Senate Bill No. 849 because there is no way of knowing how many veterans in the United States would attend a public institution of higher education in the State. The Executive states that there are over 22 million veterans in the country who could be eligible under the provisions of the bill.
OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE SERVICES
The OLS concurs with the Executive’s conclusion that the cost of Senate Bill No. 849 cannot be estimated.

Current law at N.J.S.18A:62-4 bestows resident status for in-State tuition on a person who has lived in the State for the 12 months prior to enrollment in a public institution of higher education. Under Senate Bill No. 849, a veteran would not be required to live in the State in order to receive the in-State tuition rate.

The OLS notes that higher education tuition revenues are not part of State budgeted expenditures, and thus the bill would have no impact on the State. Any cost impact associated with the bill would be a reduction in tuition paid to the public institutions of higher education.



Section:

Education

Analyst:

Jonathan Tang

Senior Fiscal Analyst

Approved:

David J. Rosen

Legislative Budget and Finance Officer

This fiscal note has been prepared pursuant to P.L.1980, c.67 (C.52:13B-6 et seq.).












Office of Legislative Services

State House Annex

P.O. Box 068

Trenton, New Jersey 08625




Legislative Budget and Finance Office

Phone (609) 292-8030

Fax (609) 777-2442

www.njleg.state.nj.us





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