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Should SUNY tuition increase? Hochul calls for ‘modest’ increases

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Should tuition tick upward at SUNY and CUNY schools? Governor Kathy Hochul is calling for ‘modest’ increases for the state’s public colleges and universities.

It’s a move that’s opposed by the organization that represents students. Hochul’s 2023 budget proposal calls for indexing the increases to the Higher Education Price Index, or 3% for both systems.

The Governor’s office stated that the increases would help generate revenue for the public higher education systems as costs increase and aid in “prioritizing the evolving needs of students, ensuring academic excellence and continuing to maintain low-cost and stable tuition rates for in-state residents.”

Hochul’s office also stated that “New York deserves the best public higher education system and Governor Hochul is committed to building world-class, equitable institutions. Governor Hochul’s plan for CUNY and SUNY ensures that no student receiving a full TAP award or an Excelsior scholarship will experience additional tuition costs, while also providing for the long-term future and fiscal stability of public higher education in New York.”

In addition to the tuition increases, Hochul’s higher education proposals also include efforts to boost enrollment at the schools as the pandemic has led to challenges in recent years.

The Governor wants the SUNY system to work with school districts so that all graduating high school seniors are automatically accepted at local community colleges in an effort to remove barriers to higher education.

Hochul also proposed a pilot project to link admissions to different campuses so students who are turned down by one school can be considered for admissions at other campuses.