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The Association of Private Colleges (ACP) recently held its annual Student Advocacy Day where more than 45 students and faculty from APC member institutions traveled to Albany to make their priorities and stories heard. In addition to nearly 80 advocacy meetings, APC students conducted light-hearted interviews with legislators and representatives of New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) and New York State Education Department Office of Higher Education (NYSED OHE) about their college experience.

With this year being the 50th anniversary of New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) attendees had an opportunity to advocate for an increase in funding for the vital program in this year’s enacted state budget.

Along with making sure ALL students have access to part-time TAP, APC fully supports the Senate and Assembly’s #TurnOnTheTap campaign and the proposed slate of bills that would raise TAP income thresholds, award amounts, and expand the number of students eligible to participate in the program.

We are fortunate to have many champions of higher education in Albany, including with the Governor and in the Legislature, and hope that the perspective of our students will only strengthen their fight for historic TAP investments this year.