2019-20 Budget Priorities

  • Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): Support the Senate one-house budget proposal that increases the TAP minimum award to $750 (from $500), increases the TAP maximum award to $5,310 from ($5,165), and increases the TAP income threshold to $110,000 (from $80,000).

  • Opportunity Programs: Support the Assembly one-house budget proposal that restores and enhances funding for Opportunity Programs. The Assembly fully restores funding that was cut by the Executive and provides additional funding (an almost 17 percent increase) beyond current year levels. If the Assembly funding levels are provided, language should be included to allow a portion of the additional funding to be used to increase the maximum grant per student so that our campuses can provide more comprehensive services and supports. The Senate fully restores funding cut by the Executive, with no additional funds beyond current year levels. 

    • Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP):Support the Assembly one-house resolution which restores and increases HEOP to $41.4 million (from $35.5 million FY 18-19).

    • Science, Technology Entry Program (STEP) and its collegiate counterpart (C-STEP):Support the Assembly one-house resolution which restores and increases STEP $18.4 million (from $15.8 million FY 18-19) and C-STEP to $13.9 million (from $11.9 million FY 18-19).

    • Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP):Support the Assembly one-house resolution which restores and increases LLP to $21.4 million (from $18.3 million FY 18-19).

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Incentive Scholarship:Support the Assembly’s one-house budget proposal that provides $1.4 million to fund another cohort of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Incentive Scholarships at private colleges, and eliminates the cap on the number of eligible students who can receive a STEM award. 

  • Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs) Centers of Excellence (COEs):Support the Senate one-house resolution allocating $22.5 million for the 15 Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs). This is a restoration and increase that would fund each Center at $1.5 million. Support the Senate one-house resolution which restores and increases funding for the 13 Centers of Excellence (COEs) at $1.5 million per Center. We also ask for a correction in the Senate one-house resolution which only funds the Centers for Digital Gaming at $872,333, lower than the rest of the COEs. 

  • Higher Education Capital (HECap) Matching Grants program: We thank both the Assembly and Senate for their restoration of Higher Education Capital (HECap) Matching Grants program and we ask that $30 million be included in the final budget.

  • Direct Institutional “Bundy” Aid: We thank the Assembly, Senate, Governor’s office for their support of $35 million for the Direct Institutional “Bundy” Aid and we ask that the funding be included in the final budget. 

  • Regulation of Student Loan Servicers:Amend TED Part L of both one-house budget proposals to ensure that colleges and universities do not have to become licensed loan servicers or be subject to regulation by the state Department of Financial Services. Language should be included that specifically excludes all public postsecondary educational institutions and private nonprofit postsecondary educational institutions from the definition of loan servicer.

  • Prevailing Wage:Amend ELFA Part II of the Assembly one-house resolution and Part FF of the Senate one-house resolution to 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.

  • Prevailing Wage:Reject ELFA Part NN of the Assembly one-house resolution and Part II of the Senate one-house resolution that extend prevailing wage requirements to building service employees.

  • Sports Wagering:Support the preservation of the current statutory prohibition against placing bets in a New York State casino on any collegiate sport or athletic event that takes place in New York or a sport or athletic event in which any New York college team participates regardless of where the event takes place.