Statement by CICU President Laura L. Anglin from the NYS Assembly Standing Committee on Higher Education TAP Hearing

News Date: 11/14/2014

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 provided testimony at the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Higher Education’s “Examining the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)" in Albany, NY on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

Excerpt from the testimony:

“At its heart, New York’s Independent Sector of higher education is about students. Investing in New York’s students is investing in New York’s future. For more than 40 years, five million New Yorkers have used the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to help meet their college expenses. Currently, nearly 90,000 resident students depend on TAP annually to attend an independent college or university in New York State. Within the Independent Sector, most (52%) TAP funds go to students whose families earn less than $20,000 annually and three in four Independent Sector TAP students (73%) have incomes of $40,000 or less.

Working with both the Governor and Legislature has been a positive partnership to enable programs like TAP to grow and help New York’s students to stay in the state.  As we look forward to how we can keep TAP strong and serve more New Yorker’s, CICU supports many enhancements including: increasing the undergraduate TAP maximum award to $6,500; reinstating Grad TAP; increasing the undergraduate TAP maximum award for independent students and increasing the income ceiling for these students; and reducing the restrictions on part-time TAP.

Again we thank the Legislature for its support for students, and this key aid program that helps them achieve their dreams.”

Click here for a PDF copy of the testimony.

About the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU)

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) represents the chief executives of New York's 100+ independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities on issues of public policy. Member colleges compose the largest private sector of higher education in the world and confer most of the bachelor's degrees (51%), master's degrees (71%), and doctoral and first-professional degrees (80%) earned in New York State. www.CICU.org

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