Lower Hudson Valley Journal News, NY

Fake 'Free Tuition' Promise Squeezes Private Colleges

February 21, 2017

College of Mount St. Vincent (NY) Trustee Steve Acunto writes: The just policy of equal state financial aid for all students of similar means is now in jeopardy. Students should be able to use that support at whatever New York institution of higher education, public or private, best fits their academic, social and career interests. This has been the state's long-held policy, as embodied in TAP. In fact, expanding TAP would then enable more students to attend SUNY or CUNY tuition-free, while assisting the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers for whom private institutions offer the opportunity they seek for economic mobility. It is a common sense fact of education life that one size does not fit all — that is why so many private schools are in such demand and why their livelihood deserves the resource that TAP provides to them through the students they educate.

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