State Student Aid Supporters Gather; Hundreds of College and High School Students, Faculty and Staff in Albany Today

News Date: 2/10/2014

Albany, NY – Hundreds of high school and college students, faculty and staff representing more than 50 colleges and university groups and supporting organizations from across New York State are gathering today in the “Well” of the Legislative Office Building in Albany to share their stories about the value of state student aid programs. Their focus will be on the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), Graduate TAP, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the Science and Technology Entry programs (STEP/C-STEP), and the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP).

The program began at 10:30 a.m. with remarks from Laura L. Anglin, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities and several elected officials. Beginning at 11:15 a.m. students and alumni shared their stories about what student aid means to them. Attendees include students, faculty and staff from independent (private, not-for-profit) and public colleges and universities in New York State; financial aid and opportunity program administrators and supporters; and legislators and higher education policymakers.

Laura L. Anglin, President of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, the statewide association for more than 100 private, not-for-profit New York State colleges and universities that coordinates the New York Student Aid Alliance, said, "Students by the hundreds came to Albany to share their stories. They talked with state legislators and with each other about how critical investments in state student aid programs are making their aspirations for a higher education possible, and how we will all benefit from their earning a college degree.”

More than 370,000 students annually depend on state student aid programs to achieve their college aspirations. More than four million students have received state aid to help meet their college expenses over the past four decades.

The New York Student Aid Alliance is a coalition of New York State public and private campuses, their students, and stakeholder organizations that support funding vital student aid programs for students in New York State. For more information, visit:

Participating Campuses:

  • Bank Street College LPP
  • Canisius College
  • Clarkson University
  • The College of Saint Rose
  • Cornell University
  • CUNY Brooklyn College
  • CUNY Hostos Community College
  • CUNY Hunter College LPP
  • CUNY LaGuardia Community College LPP/STEP Program
  • Fordham University
  • Hamilton College
  • Hilbert College
  • Hofstra University
  • Ithaca College
  • Le Moyne College and LeMoyne LPP /STEP Programs
  • LIU Brooklyn
  • Manhattan College
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Mercy College
  • Molloy College
  • Mount Saint Mary College
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • New York University and NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
  • Niagara University
  • Nyack College
  • Pace University
  • Paul Smith's College
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology LPP
  • Russell Sage College and Sage College of Albany
  • Siena College
  • Skidmore College
  • St. John's University
  • St. Lawrence University
  • SUNY Albany
  • SUNY Binghamton University
  • SUNY Cobleskill LPP
  • SUNY Farmingdale State College LPP
  • SUNY Fulton Montgomery Community College LPP
  • SUNY Mohawk Valley Community College
  • SUNY Morrisville State College and SUNY Morrisville LPP
  • SUNY Niagara County Community College LPP
  • SUNY University at Buffalo LPP
  • Syracuse University
  • Union College and Union College STEP
  • Utica College

Participating supporting organizations:

  • Association of Program Administrators for CSTEP and STEP (APACS)
  • The Friends of the New York State Liberty Partnerships, Inc.
  • HEOP Professionals Organization (HEOP-PO)
  • New York State Higher Education Services Corporation
  • New Settlement Apartments College Access Center


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Terri Standish-Kuon, (518-436-4781;
Jennifer Miller, (518-436-4781;