2019-20 Legislative Priorities


Restore and Invest in Opportunities for Students

  • Pass the New York State DREAM Act and allow eligible students to take their student aid to any college or university in the state.
  • Restore and enhance funding for the Higher Education Capital (HECap) Matching Grants program to $35 million. Historically this program has received $30 million annually, but funding was eliminated in the Executive Budget.
  • Restore and enhance funding for Opportunity Programs, with a goal of doubling funding for Opportunity Programs from 2013 levels by 2021. The Executive Budget reduced funding by 17 percent. We are seeking a 20 percent increase from the 2018 levels and authorization for a small portion of that funding to be used for professional development.
    • Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP): Restore the Executive Budget cuts and increase funding from the 2018 level of $35.5 million to $42.7 million. 
    • Science, Technology Entry Program (STEP) and its collegiate counterpart (C-STEP): Restore the Executive Budget cuts and increase funding from the 2018 level of $27.8 million to $33.4 million.
    • Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP): Restore the Executive Budget cuts and increase funding from the 2018 level of $18.4 million to $22 million. 
  • Fund the second cohort of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Incentive Scholarship winners and increase funding to meet full demand for the program.
  • 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 by reinvesting a portion of the unused Enhanced Tuition Awards (ETA) Program funding to increase Bundy Aid from $35.13 million to $40.13 million in FY 2019-20.
  • Fully fund demand for the Enhanced Tuition Awards (ETA) Program.
  • Invest in Research and Development that powers New York’s economy.
    • Enhance support for the 15 Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT) from $920,000 per Center to $1.5 million per Center.

    • Restore and enhance support for the 13 Centers of Excellence (COE) by funding each Center at $1.5 million. The Executive Budget reduced funding for each Center from $1 million to $872,000. 

    • 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. 

  • Provide tax incentives to encourage health care professionals to provide clinical training to students for whom such training is required (2017-18: S.4611/A.6820). 

Access to World Class Higher Education 

  • Restore authority of private colleges that participate in the Enhanced Tuition Awards (ETA) Program to set their own tuition rates.

  • Allow students at private, not-for-profit colleges and universities to be eligible for the Master’s-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship. Return to the state’s historic principle of student aid following students to the college or university of their choice.
  • Reform the regressive GPA requirement for graduate education programs (2017-18: S.8776/A.10952).
  • Allow students access to specific travel and accident insurance policies by providing an exemption to insurance law mandates (2017-18: S.8983-A/A.11192).