The State University of New York Student Assembly is hailing the final passage of the tuition bill that will allow SUNY schools to increase tuition by $300 a year for five years and authorize the state to spend $80 million for SUNY’s four university centers — Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo and Stony Brook, on Long Island — to expand programs and promote economic development in their communities. SUNY will provide another $60 million. Each campus will be eligible for $35 million in grants. Gov. Andrew Cuomo developed an agreement on the bill with the Senate and Assembly.
This is the Student Assembly’s statement:
The Student Assembly said in a statement that the legislation will end “tuition roulette,” in which periods of flat tuition have been followed by large spikes. Current tuition for in-state undergraduates is $4,970 a year. The legislation will increase tuition for out-of-state students by 10 percent a year for the five years.
This is what Kaitlyn Beachner, president of the Student Assembly, said in the statement:
“The current and future students of SUNY should be thankful today for successfully getting their voice heard in Albany. The student leaders of SUNY worked diligently and collaboratively to ensure that an affordable, accessible and quality education continued to flourish in New York.
“And as the student leaders of years before worked to make this a reality, we pledge going forward to work hand-in-hand with lawmakers and SUNY administration to ensure that these additional dollars go where they were intended – to protect and enhance the student experience on SUNY campuses. Our students deserve nothing less in these difficult economic times.”
The SUNY Board of Trustees, Faculty Senate, Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and every campus president supported the proposal.