Statement from CICU President Mary Beth Labate on Expansion of Excelsior Scholarship

News Date: 1/8/2020

“At a time of significant fiscal constraint, the Executive’s proposal to expand the Excelsior Scholarship benefits higher income New Yorkers rather than investing in programs such as TAP, which support the neediest New Yorkers. In addition, the proposal continues to shut out the nearly 300,000 students from New York tax-paying families who choose to attend an independent college or university in our state. New York’s private, not-for-profit institutions enroll 40 percent of all college students across the state and confer almost 50 percent of all bachelor’s and graduate degrees to African American and Hispanic students. We are eager to work with the Executive and the Legislature to target student aid to New York families who need it most.”

About The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York
Founded in 1956, The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) in New York represents the chief executives of New York's 100+ independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities on issues of public policy. Member colleges compose the largest private sector of higher education in the world and confer 50% of bachelor’s degrees, 73% of master’s degrees, and 79% of doctoral and first-professional degrees earned in New York State.