March 11, 2022


FY 2022-23 Higher Education Budget Priorities

Opportunity and Equity

By bolstering student aid and increasing support for proven programs, New York State can ensure access to high-quality higher education for all students, particularly those from historically marginalized communities and those disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expand Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP has helped more than 5 million New Yorkers earn a college degree. Expanding TAP will build stronger communities across the state.

  •  RESTORE TAP FOR INCARCERATED NEW YORKERS - SUPPORT ELFA PART F: Restoring TAP eligibility for these unique students provides transformative educational benefits while expanding post-release opportunities.
  • GROW TAP FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS – SUPPORT S.7916A/A.9180: Increase the TAP income eligibility ceiling to $110,000 (from $80,000). Also, CICU supports increasing the minimum TAP award to $1,000 (from $500).

Invest in Students through Bundy Aid

Direct Institutional “Bundy” Aid has been dramatically underfunded for decades and is currently funded at $35 million — just 18% of the statutory level. New York should restore funding to Bundy Aid, which provides scholarships to needy and deserving students and funds academic support programs like tutoring, summer bridge programs, and support for students with disabilities.

  • INCREASE BUNDY AID: Bundy Aid should be increased to $60 million to support students.

Support Opportunity Programs

Opportunity Programs provide access to higher education for students from disadvantaged communities, increasing graduation rates and lifting families out of poverty. Governor Hochul has proposed a 10% increase in funding. CICU supports a 20% increase to provide enhanced support for students.

  • ARTHUR O. EVE HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (HEOP): Increase HEOP to $51.16 million (from 2021 level of $42.63 million).
  • SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY ENTRY PROGRAM (STEP) AND ITS COLLEGIATE COUNTERPART (CSTEP): Increase funding to $40.02 million (from the 2021 level of $33.35 million) and ensure that additional funding is used to increase per-student support.
  • LIBERTY PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM (LPP): Increase funding to $26.44 million (from the 2021 level of $22 million) and ensure that additional funding is used to increase per-student support.

Increase Funding for Vulnerable Students

As students face many challenges while earning their degrees, New York should partner with campuses to provide a level playing field for academic success.

  •  INCREASE FUNDING FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: This funding should be increased to $15 million (from $2 million) to meet SED’s request for the program.


  •  CREATE THE CHARLES L. REASON FELLOWSHIP – A.9352/S.8484: Faculty diversity is a priority for every Independent Sector campus and the issue must be addressed from the ground up. This fellowship will identify students from underrepresented minority groups who want to pursue careers in academia and provide financial and academic support throughout their undergraduate careers. Students who pursue doctoral degrees will become eligible for loan forgiveness as well. This program should be funded at $9 million.

Partner for Stronger Campuses and Communities

New York State must strengthen partnerships with its colleges and universities, which are integral to the social and economic fabric of their communities.

Support Higher Education Capital (HECap) Funding

  •   HIGHER EDUCATION CAPITAL (HECAP) MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM: Funding for the HECap Program should be reestablished at $30 million, as proposed by the Governor, to spur investment and jobs in communities across the state.

  •   CREATE GREEN HECAP: Provide $100 million for carbon neutrality infrastructure projects at colleges and universities through the HECap Program.

Invest in Research to Improve Economy and Create Resilient Communities

New York should solidify its position as a national leader in higher education R&D by expanding partnerships with its world-class research universities to bring jobs of the future and millions in federal funding to communities across the state. New York is second only to California in higher education R&D spending, but has been losing ground for many years while states like Texas and Florida grow their higher education R&D sectors.

  •   CENTERS FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY (CATS) AND CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE (COES): Restore funding for New York’s 15 Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT) and the 14 Centers of Excellence (COE) by funding each Center at $1.5 million.

  •   STREAMLINE AND ENHANCE SUPPORT FOR MATCHING GRANTS: Enhance funding to $10 million (from $5 million) to maximize the benefit of New York’s knowledge economy and draw down newly available federal R&D funding opportunities.