As of February 2, 2017

CICU Infographics

CICU has produced a series of infographics that paint a snapshot of the 100+ private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in the Independent Sector of higher education and the nearly 500,000 students it educates.

Invest in Students

The Independent Sector makes access to higher education possible for New York students of all income and demographic groups. Our campuses are committed to helping students and parents meet college costs with grants and scholarships, combined with aid from state and federal programs. With the help of these programs, students from across New York State have greater earning potential, lower rates of unemployment and better odds for improving the quality of life in their communities.  

Expand the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

  • Improve TAP to Improve Access
  • Reject the SFY 2018 Executive Budget proposal that would deny TAP award to students attending institutions that increases tuition if 
the increase exceeds the three year 
average of the final higher education 
price index for the most recently 
available academic years or five hundred 
dollars, whichever is greater.
  • Increase the maximum award to $6,500
  • Increase the minimum award to $1,000
  • Increase the income eligibilty to $125,000


The centerpiece of New York State’s large and diverse student aid opportunity programs, TAP has enabled more than five million New Yorkers to realize their college aspirations since its creation in 1974. The Governor and Legislature approved the first increase in the maximum award in more than a decade in the 2014-15 State Budget. Building on that important increase, and to continue to ensure access and choice for New York’s resident students, the maximum award should be raised to $6,500 and the eligibility ceiling should be expanded so more students and families can qualify.

Reinvent Grad Tap

The number of jobs requiring master’s degrees is anticipated to grow by 18 percent and by 16 percent for doctoral or professional degrees, compared to 12 percent for bachelor’s degrees by 2022. New York State can help individuals prepare for occupations such as accounting, teaching and physical therapy by reimagining graduate tuition assistance.

Double opportunity programs by 2020

  • Reinstate the SFY 2018 Executive Budget cut of last year's legislative 20 percent increase
  • Increase base funding by 20 percent over last year's enacted budget allocation


Opportunity programs have a proven, measurable effect on the number of economically and educationally disadvantaged, as well as first-generation, students who attend and complete college. Demand for these programs exceeds the current funding available. Through sustained increases in base funding, we seek to double funding for these critical programs by 2020.

  • The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) ensures that promising students, who might not otherwise be able to attend college due to academic and economic difficulties, have the same opportunities as their peers. There are currently 53 HEOP programs at 49 independent colleges and universities.
  • The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP) and its high school counterpart STEP are designed to increase the enrollment and retention of underrepresented high school and college students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics related programs. C-STEP and STEP combined have served more than 222,000 students since their creation 25 years ago.
  • The Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) was established in 1988 to address the significant high school dropout rate and expanded the scope and breadth of New York State’s student aid opportunity programs. Approximately 3,000 students are served at 14 participating Independent Sector colleges.

Fund Direct Institutional “Bundy” Aid

  • Reject the SFY 2018 Executive Budget language that denies Bundy funding to any institution that increases tuition if 
the increase exceeds the three year 
average of the final higher education 
price index for the most recently 
available academic years or five hundred 
dollars, whichever is greater.
  • Fully fund Bundy aid from the current $35.13 million to the statutory maximum.


“Bundy” Aid is crucial to independent colleges and universities as it supplements their institutional financial aid and scholarship programs. This historic partnership between the state and independent colleges and universities enables the state to educate students at a lower cost for taxpayers while ensuring quality, access, diversity and choice for all students.

Build the Education Pipeline

New York State is a leading higher education destination for young people from the nation and across the globe. Our campuses focus great attention on pre-K-12 outreach, closing the educational attainment gap and expanding access to a wide variety of advanced studies and careers.

Expand the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program

The push continues to include students at independent colleges and universities to benefit from this scholarship program. The state is projected to have nearly a half-million STEM jobs by 2018, the third highest in the country. To ensure New York State can meet the workforce needs of the marketplace and grow its economy, the STEM Incentive Program should be expanded to allow Independent Sector students to choose the college or university that is the best fit for them.

Expand the Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program

The education and preparation of a highly competent teacher workforce remains a high priority as the education landscape changes. With independent colleges and universities conferring 67 percent of the master’s in education degrees in the state, this program should be expanded so students can pursue graduate study in the Independent Sector. Let students have the opportunity to attend the college or university where they have the best chance of being successful.

Grow New York’s Economy

Higher education remains one of New York State’s most significant economic sectors. Independent colleges and universities are integral to state and local communities, totaling nearly $80 billion annually. As a top employer, the Independent Sector drove more than 400,000 jobs across New York State in 2015. Our faculty, staff, administrators and related employers pay more than $2 billion in taxes. Beyond the numbers, the Independent Sector is a driving market force for the world in the creation, acquisition, and distribution of knowledge.

Fund the Higher Education Capital (HECap) Matching Grant Program

The state has always found a willing and able partner in New York State’s Independent Sector of higher education. Since the enactment of HECap in 2005, the Independent Sector has leveraged this state investment to build, renovate and renew facilities and infrastructure that provides benefit for the students, faculty and staff – and importantly, for communities across the state. Annual funding for this program powers economic activity and job creation in every region.

Fund the Faculty Development Program and Technology Transfer Incentive Program

To advance promising research, retain talent in the state and encourage commercialization of research, expanding both of these programs should be a priority in the state budget. The Independent Sector is home to leaders in faculty research and in the number of patents filed by higher education institutions. Last funded in the 2014-15 State Budget, these programs are necessary to draw and retain faculty to New York and drive more cutting-edge research and technology from the classroom to the market.

Leverage college and university research partnerships

The rise of a global knowledge economy and the size and diversity of New York’s higher education sector means that college and university research partnerships are critically important. New York has long invested in these partnerships through funding for the Regional Economic Development Councils, START-UP NY, the Centers for Advanced Technology, Centers of Excellence, Innovation Venture Capital Fund and the Stem Cell Innovation Fund. Growing these strategic partnerships and devoting more resources to them will ensure New York State’s place as one of the leading destinations for faculty, researchers and students leading to fostering of new ideas, creating new cutting edge knowledge, spur business development and improve our lives.

Enact the Community Solutions Matching Grant Program

Colleges and universities have long been good community partners. Through this initiative, New York State can further leverage higher education to better the lives of all New Yorkers through innovative ideas tailored to regional needs, such as revitalization efforts, job training, new business assistance, legal clinics, mentorship programs, elementary and secondary educational outreach and community health programs.