Lifton: Assemblymembers in Subcommittee Fight Tuition Hike

March 23, 2005

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-Tompkins/Cortland) announced that Assemblymembers in the joint Assembly/Senate subcommittee on higher education rejected any State University of New York tuition increase this year and any automatic, incremental hikes in subsequent years.

"SUNY Cortland students can rest a little easier knowing that the Legislature has rejected the governor’s tuition hike," Lifton said. "The compromise reached by the subcommittee protects access to an affordable college degree but the fight isn’t over. We need the governor to compromise and reject his wrong choice."

The subcommittee on higher education also successfully rejected cuts to the Tuition Assistance Program. The governor had proposed to defer half of students’ TAP awards until graduation.

Other accomplishments of the subcommittee include:

  • restoring community college aid to $115 per Full-Time Equivalent (FTE);
  • restoring opportunity programs to pre-veto levels;
  • rejecting differential tuition; and
  • agreeing on a capital plan.

"The governor’s call for a tuition increase at SUNY – combined with a 50 percent cut to TAP would have had devastating effects on New York’s most disadvantaged students," Lifton said. "The work done by the subcommittee is an important victory for the future of New York’s higher education system."