2020-21 Budget Priorities

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Restore and Invest in Opportunities for Students:

  • Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): Over a three-year phase-in period, increase the minimum TAP award to $1,000 (from $500), increase the maximum TAP award to $6,000 (from $5,165), and increase the TAP income eligibility ceiling to $110,000 (from $80,000).

  • Higher Education Capital (HECap) Matching Grant program: Support funding for the HECap program at $30 million.

  • Direct Institutional “Bundy” Aid: Increase support for not-for-profit colleges and universities commensurate with any increase in support for nonpublic K-12 institutions.

  • Opportunity Programs:

    • Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP): Increase the per Full Time Equivalent (FTE) funding by 20% to $8,400 (from $7,000) for students outside New York City and $9,000 (from $7,500) for students within New York City.

    • Science, Technology Entry Program (STEP) and its collegiate counterpart (C-STEP): Increase funding to $33.4 million (from the 2019 level of $27.8 million).

    • Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP): Increase funding to $22 million (from the 2019 level of $18.4 million).

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program: Provide $1 million for a new cohort of STEM Incentive scholarship recipients, pursuant to Ch. 56 of the laws of 2018 which authorized STEM funding to be available to students attending private, not-for-profit colleges and universities.

  • Student Transition Assistance Year in New York (STAY-NY) Loan Repayment Tax Credit: Enact the STAY-NY loan repayment tax credit which provides student loan relief while incentivizing New York college graduates to stay and work in New York.

Advance Resources to Promote World Class Institutions:

  • Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs) and Centers of Excellence (COEs): Increase support for the 15 Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT) and the 14 Centers of Excellence (COE) by funding each Center at $1.5 million.

  • Prevailing Wage: Include an exemption for tax-exempt bonds or notes issued for the benefit of any private, not-for-profit corporation by a public entity, or by a third party acting on behalf of or for the benefit of the state or public entity in any prevailing wage proposals.

  • NYS Education Law Article 129-B Training: Provide an additional $350,000 in funding to allow private, not-for-profit colleges and universities to receive training through SUNY’s Student Conduct Institute (SCI).

  • Matching Grants Leverage Program: Increase funding to $8 million (from the 2019 level of $6 million) for the NYSTAR Matching Grants Leverage Program to help leverage federal research dollars.