Statement by CICU President Laura L. Anglin on increasing the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Maximum Award

News Date: 4/9/2014

Laura L. Anglin, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, a statewide association for more than 100 private, not-for-profit New York State colleges and universities, said, "We are pleased that both the New York State Assembly and Senate proposed in their one-house budgets increasing the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) maximum award. This is good news for our students. For 40 years, the program has helped five million state residents pay for college, keeping talent here in the Empire State. TAP has not been increased in more than 10 years, and is essential to providing access and making college more affordable for New York State residents. It is good to see that the two houses are supportive of the call to increase TAP. We look forward to the Governor and Legislature including a higher TAP maximum award in the final budget to show strong support for New York State students and their college aspirations."

To help advocate to have TAP included in the final budget, please support the TAP increase using CICU's e-advocacy website:

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