CICU Interim President Dr. Drew Bogner and SUNY Chancellor Dr. Jim Malatras Issue Joint Letter Support TAP Increases

News Date: 3/12/2021

Today, CICU Interim President Dr. Drew Bogner and SUNY Chancellor Dr. Jim Malatras issued a joint letter to New York State policymakers in support of expanding New York's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to provide critical student aid to more students. An excerpt of the letter is below:

Integral to higher education’s success is ensuring that all students have access to the state aid they need to make their college dreams a reality. For decades, New York’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) has provided that critical student aid, helping millions of students attend the college that is their best fit.

Unfortunately, TAP has not kept pace with the needs of students and families. This year, as so many New Yorkers are struggling with the pandemic’s economic fallout, their needs are greater than ever. On behalf of New York’s 1.2 million college students, we are calling on our state leaders to prioritize modernizing TAP in the 2021-22 New York State Budget.

TAP award amounts have been stagnant for too long, the maximum award has been increased only $165 in the past decade. Increasing the minimum award from $500 to $1,000 and the maximum award from $5,165 to $6,000 would provide New York students with aid that matches their current needs.

The income limit for TAP eligibility also has not changed since 2000 — that is entire lifetime of many current college students. With the income eligibility limit stuck at $80,000, fewer and fewer families are eligible to receive TAP every year. Since 2015-16, the number of students who receive TAP has fallen by 16 percent. Increasing the income eligibility limit to $110,000 over the course of a three-year phase-in would make 24,218 additional students eligible for this critical student aid funding.

Click here to read the full letter.