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New York aims to expand college tuition assistance

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New York legislators are advocating for enhanced higher education funding in the state’s budget, focusing on broadening the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

The program, aimed at helping New York residents afford tuition at approved state schools, might see an increased income eligibility threshold, potentially rising to $125,000 for dependent students.

This move, supported by both the state Senate and Assembly, aims to make college more accessible amid growing concerns over education costs and enrollment rates.


The push for a more generous TAP comes as part of broader concerns about education funding in New York’s budget.

While Republican state Senator Dean Murray emphasized the importance of timely action on education funding, the State University of New York (SUNY) system also voiced support for the proposed investments.

SUNY highlighted the critical role of TAP in facilitating tuition-free education for many of its students, underscoring the ongoing negotiations for the 2024-25 state budget.