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Legislators and SUNY leaders push for more TAP funding for students

Gillian Hamilton
Updated: November 30, 2021 08:53 PM
Created: November 30, 2021 07:17 PM

Legislators, SUNY leaders, faculty and students gathered in Albany Tuesday morning to call on lawmakers to push for a boost in funding for the state’s Tuition Assistance Program.

The union representing them says five years of budgets have kept funding essentially flat. They say that has caused a gap in the difference between the cost of attending a SUNY college and what the program provides for students.

"We are all committed to providing high quality education and opportunity for students entering the community. That’s the promise of public education, but that promise is becoming increasingly difficult to deliver,” said Aaron Major, a Professor of Sociology at UAlbany.

They launched their “NY Heals” campaign to call to eliminate the gap in TAP funding in the upcoming 2022 New York State budget.

"SUNY cannot succeed without the leaders of New York standing for the students we and UUP serve,” said UUP president Fredrick E. Kowal. “The time for austerity budgets, the hammer which Andrew Cuomo pounded away at SUNY for 11 years, is over.”

Otherwise known as TAP, the program provides opportunities to access higher education through grants to students across the state who might not be able to afford a SUNY education.

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