|Focus on||Higher Education|
From the NYS Assembly ē Sheldon Silver, Speaker
Ron Canestrari, Chair, Higher Education Committee
The governorís wrong choices will mean a $1,200 SUNY and CUNY tuition increase and a 33 percent cut to TAP
We face tough choices this year, but we shouldnít make wrong choices that threaten whatís important to our families, like a college education. The governorís budget will wipe out the hope of a college education for many New Yorkers by cutting higher education nearly $703 million and increasing tuition at State University of New York and City University of New York colleges $1,200, while slashing the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) by one-third. His proposal would rank New York as the fifth most expensive state-operated college system in the country.
In addition, heís cutting community college base aid by 15 percent, or $345 for each student Ė which will drive up tuition costs and local taxes on homeowners and businesses. In fact, for the past nine years, the governorís proposed budgets have cut support for higher education by about $2.4 billion.
The last time there was a significant tuition increase, attendance at SUNY and CUNY colleges declined by an estimated 30,000 full- and part-time students.
Tuition increase and TAP cuts are thinly veiled tax hikes
If the impact of the governorís tuition and TAP proposals were translated into the corresponding tax increase amount, a family with two dependents and a household income of $50,000 would see its tax liability increase by almost 40 percent under the governorís proposal.
(Assumes $1,200 tuition increase and 33 percent TAP deferral)
The governorís cuts to EOP programs directly hit low-income families
The governor proposes to eliminate the Educational Opportunity Programs whose direct aid awards play a crucial role in completing the financial aid package for disadvantaged students. HEOP helps college students pay for textbooks and provides counseling, tutoring and a pre-freshman seminar to help acclimate students to the rigors of higher education.
The governorís proposed cuts also would eliminate programs like SEEK, College Discovery, and CSTEP which have proven to be extremely successful at increasing college enrollment of under-represented and disadvantaged students.
The Assembly has consistently fought the governorís cuts to preserve an affordable college education for all New Yorkers.
A quality higher education will prepare students for the jobs of the future and, in turn, will be an engine for economic growth. If we want to prepare our kids for a modern world and strengthen the economy, we must make higher education affordable and accessible for all students.
The Assembly majority successfully fought the governorís previous attempts to cut higher education and ensured that adequate resources were provided by:
Fighting for a brighter future
The Assembly also created the College Tuition Tax Credit to allow families to deduct college costs and raised TAP awards and eligibility. Preventing students from realizing their dream of a college education is shortsighted. Rest assured, the Assembly will continue fighting for a brighter future for our children.
The Assembly has consistently fought the governorís attacks on higher education ó successfully restoring roughly $1.8 billion of the governorís cuts over the last 8 years.
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