MEDIA ADVISORY: New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day

News Date: 2/12/2017

***MEDIA EVENT***

Albany, NY — More than 1,000 student advocates from over 50 colleges and universities will gather at the State Capitol on Tuesday, February 14. They will take part in the New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day and urge state legislators to continue their commitment to New York college students by improving TAP and other opportunity programs. Students who attend private, not-for-profit colleges and universities will also call for the rejection of Executive Budget proposals that limit opportunities for the students of New York’s working families.
 
More than 370,000 New Yorkers who attend public and private, not-for-profit colleges and universities qualify for, and count on, state student aid programs to help meet their college expenses each year. Student advocates will be on-hand to share their stories about the value of state student-aid programs.
 
In its current form, the Executive Budget proposes to offer financial aid to some and not all of those income-eligible New Yorkers by denying TAP and Bundy awards based on the students’ choice of school.
 
WHO: More than 1,000 New York student advocates from over 50 colleges and universities, staff, administrators and other supporters including:

  • Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) president Mary Beth Labate
  • New York State Senate Higher Education Committee Ranking Member Senator Toby Ann Stavisky
  • Chair of the New York State Assembly Committee on Higher Education Assemblymember Deborah Glick

 
WHAT: A rally to support improving TAP and other opportunity programs and advocate for the rejection of Executive Budget proposals that limit opportunities for students of New York’s working families.
 
WHEN: Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 10:30 A.M.- 2:00 P.M.

  • 10:30 a.m.- Advocacy Day Overview & Remarks (LOB Well)
    • New York State Senate Higher Education Committee Ranking Member Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (ETA: 10:30 AM)
    • Chair of the New York State Assembly Committee on Higher Education Assemblymember Deborah Glick remarks (ETA: 10:45-10:50 AM)
  • 11:15 a.m. – Student and Alumni Speak Out (LOB Well)

 
WHERE: “Well” of the Legislative Office Building- Concourse Level, Empire State Plaza

 
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About The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York

Founded in 1956, The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) represents more than 100 private, not-for-profit colleges and universities located here in New York State. Together, Independent Sector campuses educate nearly 500,000 students and are responsible for more than 400,000 jobs statewide.