In a bid to bolster college and university enrollment, graduating high school seniors outside of New York City will be automatically accepted into their local community colleges.
Governor Kathy Hochul announced this initiative, which was first proposed by State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor John King.
Hochul emphasized her administration’s commitment to ensuring access to quality higher education, removing barriers, and facilitating pathways for all high school seniors, in an effort to create a brighter future for students and New York alike.
In the coming days, 125,000 letters of acceptance will be mailed out to graduating students across New York. Earlier in May, the City University of New York announced a similar initiative, aiming to send personalized letters to 65,000 graduating seniors. This move comes after New York lawmakers and Governor Hochul agreed on a budget in May, significantly increasing operating aid to public colleges and universities in New York to over $1.3 billion, and rejecting a proposed increase in tuition for in-state students.
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