18A:72A-12.7 Establishment of program to provide loans.
7. a. The State Treasurer shall establish a program to provide the loans authorized pursuant to P.L.2000, c.56 (C.52:27D-198.7 et al.). The governing board of a public or private institution of higher education as defined pursuant to N.J.S.18A:72A-3 or of a public or private secondary school shall be eligible for and may determine by resolution to apply for a loan from the trust fund established pursuant to section 6 of P.L.2000, c.56 (C.18A:72A-12.6). The resolutions shall be transmitted to and in a manner to be determined by the State Treasurer. Owners of residences being utilized by fraternities or sororities, other than those owned by public or private institutions of education, who are responsible for the installation of an automatic fire suppression system pursuant to section 3 of P.L.2000, c.56 (C.52:27D-198.9) shall not be eligible for a loan from the trust fund established pursuant to section 6 of P.L.2000, c.56 (C.18A:72A-12.6), but shall be eligible and may apply for a life safety improvement loan pursuant to section 13 of P.L.1983, c.530 (C.55:14K-13) as amended by section 13 of P.L.2000, c.56.
b.Individual loan amounts from the trust fund shall be limited to no more than the projected costs as stated in the plan required to be filed with the Director of the Division of Fire Safety in the Department of Community Affairs pursuant to section 3 of P.L.2000, c.56 (C.52:27D-198.9), and loan amounts shall be disbursed in accordance with the need and the time frame established under the installation plan. If sufficient funds are not available to fully fund each request, the State Treasurer may limit the amounts loaned on a basis which shall provide the maximum amount of funding to the greatest number of buildings.
c.The loans issued pursuant to this subsection shall bear interest of not more than:
(1)zero percent per year for loans made to public or private institutions of higher education as defined pursuant to N.J.S.18A:72A-3; or
(2)two percent per year for loans made to secondary schools, military schools, boarding schools, or similar occupancies.
d.The term of a loan shall be for a period of not more than 15 years. Any loan approved pursuant to this subsection shall be contingent upon the applicant entering into a contract or contracts for the construction, reconstruction, development, extension or improvement required in the installation plan in accordance with section 3 of P.L.2000, c.56 (C.52:27D-198.9).
e.The State Treasurer shall:
(1)review each application and approve, disapprove, amend or modify the loan request;
(2)establish any other terms or conditions of each loan which are not otherwise provided under this section; and
(3)forward to the New Jersey educational facilities authority and the Department of Community Affairs a copy of any loan approval granted pursuant to this section, including information concerning the amount and terms of the loan.
f.All repayments of loans awarded pursuant to this section shall be made to the authority and deposited by the authority into the trust fund.
g.The State Treasurer shall promulgate the rules necessary to effectuate this section in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.).
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