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$75 million to help SUNY students complete degrees

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New York State will dedicate $75 million to assisting State University of New York (SUNY) students complete their degrees, Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Thursday.

The funding, agreed upon in the state budget last month, aims to support students in achieving their academic credentials by addressing student services, housing, and food security concerns.

All SUNY campuses will receive part of the funding as part of New York’s initiative to boost enrollment in the public college and university system. Chancellor John King unveiled plans in May to expand student populations, with strategies including automatic community college enrollment, enhanced mental health services, and improved internship and job placement programs.

In addition to this dedicated fund, Hochul and state lawmakers have agreed to a $178 million increase in operating aid for SUNY, raising the total to over $1.3 billion in the budget.