New York State Assembly Democrats unveiled a plan over the weekend to boost funding and reject further tuition increases.
“The Assembly Majority has long recognized that higher education is critical to establishing a pathway to the middle class for New Yorkers,” Speaker Carl Heastie said in a statement. “This year marks five years since we created the Higher Education Road to Success Initiative, and since then we have continued to build on that promise. Our proposed budget will reflect our unwavering commitment to higher education by breaking down even more barriers and putting our students on the path to success.”
The idea behind the changes would be to increase funding for non-tuition expenses and spend more money at community colleges across the state, which are viewed as major opportunity for the state’s higher education system.
At the heart of the proposal is a push to end the so-called “TAP gap” or the cost differential between the maximum award under the Tuition Assistance Program and the cost of tuition.
Altogether $50 million would be spent to ensure the gap is covered.