Statement from CICU President Lola W. Brabham on the Senate and Assembly’s FY 2022-23 One-House Budget Proposals

News Date: 3/15/2022

Statement from Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) President Lola W. Brabham on the Senate and Assembly’s FY 2022-23 One-House Budget Proposals:

“On behalf of New York’s 100-plus independent colleges and universities, we are grateful for the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate Higher Education Committee Chair Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, and Assembly Higher Education Committee Chair Assemblymember Deborah Glick – in addition to the entire Senate and Assembly majorities – for their tremendous support for New York’s college students in both chambers’ One-House Budget Resolutions.”

"Both houses propose significant increases to the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) that would help thousands of New York students. The Assembly’s proposal to raise the TAP award to $7,070 would be transformational for many New York students who rely on this critical aid. In addition, both houses propose increasing the minimum award to $1,000 and expanding TAP to incarcerated students, and the Senate proposes lifting the income eligibility limit to $110,000. Each of these proposals would improve the lives of New York students and families and we urge them to be included in the Enacted State Budget.  

“In addition, both the Senate and Assembly included funding for the Higher Education Capital (HECap) Matching Grant program, and the Senate also funded a new Green HECap program. With this funding, colleges and universities will be able to make critical infrastructure improvements and meet the state’s ambitious carbon reduction goals to improve the resiliency of communities across the state.”

“These initiatives represent meaningful investments in New York’s higher education ecosystem and will help ensure that students are able to reach their highest potential.”