SUNY Student Assembly hails passage of tuition bill


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.


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  1. R. D. Millen on

    Now fix why a student that lives only a few miles from Binghamton University campus in Susquehanna County, Pa. Has to pay more than twice the tuition, when all the money earned to put her through school was earned in Broome County, NY and taxes were paid there also? State borders make for some great excuses, don’t they? Cross border programs bring the best of all worlds.

  2. This seems like doublespeak to me, no personal disrespect intended. Why on Earth should students applaud a measure that will cause them to have to pay more for their education? Are there any guarantees of increased funding for low-income students, Ms. President? Are they more than ‘promises’? What about graduate students? They get tuition remission from the state, if the U increases tuition, are they all of a sudden going to lose their support in the middle of their degrees? I’m actually asking, not trying to be adversarial.

  3. the consultant on

    doublespeak? hardly…its the opposite..rather than keeping the entire student
    body on edge and in the dark..and keeping the administration of the SUNY without
    a way to plan for the next few years semesters..this allows both to prepare for either
    paying tuition at a fixed guaranteed amount or spending the money knowing what
    is coming in…you appear to be asking for something that is totally unrelated to the issue
    pell grants still exist and so does FAFSA..suggest you look into both…in addition there
    are other grants that low income students can get…and as for state borders…there isn’t
    a state university in the nation that charges out of state kids the same as in state
    ny has a fine university system..thanks to nelson rockefeller…if you live in PA go to
    penn state..but if you want to take advantage of ny schools funded by ny taxpayers
    you will have to pay a bit more