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SUNY schools seeing record increase in applications: Why is it happening?

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The State University of New York says it’s seeing a record number of applicants to its campuses.

As of Thanksgiving, SUNY reported a 110% increase in the number of applicants from 2021.

This comes on the heels of the state’s first-ever two-week fee waiver, where students can apply for free to upwards of five SUNY schools.


“The increase in applications has far exceeded our expectations,” said Joel Wincowski, Deputy to the Chancellor for Enrollment. “It is a testament to the high-quality education for which SUNY is known, with some of the best faculty, staff, and campus communities in the nation. This increase is only the beginning of an upward trend we expect in enrollment across our campuses. To that end, we will work with campuses to help applicants make their final decision on which SUNY campus will be home next fall.”

Thanks to financial aid, SUNY says half of all full-time students in New York pay $0 for tuition.

However, some are concerned that a high-number of those applying to SUNY schools are out-of-state residents. Advocates say the state should ensure its programs are focused on benefiting middle and low income New Yorkers.



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