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APC members appreciate the continued support from the New York State Legislature for their commitment to providing access for all students, especially those who are under-represented, minority students, or the first in their families to attend college. For more than forty years, the Legislature has been a true champion for the tuition assistance program (TAP), state-supported financial aid and other opportunity programs. Thousands of graduates from APC member colleges have benefitted from these programs and we encourage that commitment to continue.

During the 2023-2024 legislative session, APC worked diligently with the legislature to highlight the need among students for enhanced financial support and to demonstrate the importance of maintaining parity across all four sectors of higher education in New York State. Due to our efforts, we are proud to announce that the New York State 2025 FY budget delivered a huge win for college students in New York!

On behalf of the Association of Private Colleges, we extend our sincere appreciation to Gov. Hochul, Higher Education Committee Chairs Senator Stavisky and Assemblymember Fahy, and every single sponsor and advocate that has helped us deliver this resounding victory for the students that we serve in this year’s enacted budget. With the unwavering support and partnership of these champions, part-time students attending degree-granting proprietary colleges now have access to the state’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

In addition to expanding part-time TAP eligibility to students attending proprietary colleges, we were also pleased to see that the maximum income threshold has been raised from $80,000 to $125,000 for dependent students, $10,000 to $30,000 for independent students, $40,000 to $60,000 for married independent students, and the minimum TAP award has been raised from $500 to $1,000. By including all of these items in the 2024 enacted budget, students served by our colleges will have greater access to the financial resources necessary to pursue programming of their choice.

What better way to celebrate the opportunities TAP has afforded to students throughout New York State for the last 50 years than to adopt historic changes that will open doors for an expanded population of students for many years to come!


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