2019-20 Legislative Priorities


Expand Opportunity for Students

  • Pass the New York State DREAM Act and allow eligible students to take their awards to any college or university in the state.

  • Double funding for opportunity programs from 2013 levels by 2021. Increase funding for individual programs by 20 percent in the FY 2019-20 budget and allow a small portion to be used for professional development.

    • Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP): Increase funding from $35.5 million to $42.7 million.

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

    • Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP): Increase funding from $18.4 to $22 million

  • Begin a three-year phase-in to increase the maximum Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award to $6,000, the minimum award to $1,000, and the maximum income eligibility to $95,000.

  • Phase in full funding for Direct Institutional “Bundy” Aid. A 4 percent increase would bring the level of funding from $35.13 million to $36.5 million in 2019-20.

  • Allow students at private, not-for-profit colleges and universities to be eligible for the Master’s in Education scholarship. Focus the state’s financial and merit aid on the student and not the college or university she/he attends.

  • Fund the second cohort of the STEM Incentive Scholarship and increase funding to meet full demand.

  • Restore Graduate TAP with $3 million in funding.

  • Provide tax incentives to encourage health care professionals to provide clinical training to students for whom such training is required (S.4611/A.6820).

  • Reform the outdated GPA requirement for graduate education programs.

  • Allow students access to specific travel and accident insurance policies by providing an exemption to insurance law mandates.

Invest in World-Class Higher Education

  • Continue funding for HECap matching grant program at $30 million.
  • Invest in Research and Development that powers New York’s economy.
    • Increase funding to $1.5 million for each Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) and Center of Excellence (COE).
    • Establish a new competitive Discovery NY grant by investing $1 million in seed funding for foundational research.
    • Restore and invest $5 million into the Faculty Development and Technology Transfer program through NYSTAR to attract world-class talent to New York institutions.
    • Increase funding from $6 million to $8 million for the NYSTAR Matching Grants program to help leverage federal research dollars.
  • Reform SED Program Approval process by eliminating the need for approvals for any institution that has been continuously accredited by a certified accreditor over the past 50 years.
  • Restore authority of private colleges that participate in the Enhanced Tuition Assistance Program (ETA) to set their own tuition rates.
  • Amend state lobbying laws so that non-policy making adjunct faculty are not reportable under JCOPE’s Reportable Business Relationships.