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 family to attend college. For over forty years, the Legislature has been a true champion for TAP, state-supported financial aid and other opportunity programs. Thousands of our alumni have benefitted from these programs and we encourage that commitment to continue.

Increasingly, misinformation, political agendas, and a lingering national narrative are affecting perceptions and fueling decision-making that is detrimental to proprietary colleges in New York State, that have a long history of success and the 26,000 students they serve. As we look to 2022, the Association is committed to working with our state and federal legislators in creating a policy that ultimately serves the best interest of our students. 

During the 2021 legislative session, APC worked diligently with the legislature to dispel myths, highlight the rigorous regulations in place as well as the model of parity across all four sectors of higher education in New York State. 

Following are testimonies provided from APC and our member institutions in response to legislative hearings held in 2022:

During the 2022 legislative session, APC encourages legislators, media and consumer advocate groups to use the Association as a resource when reports or statements critical of the proprietary sector in New York State arise. 


Donna Stelling Gurnett, President and CEO, APC Colleges




APC Student Lobby Day:

On February 24, 2021 students and staff from APC member colleges participated in APC Student Lobby Day. College leaders highlighted the needs of APC students, their success and on-time degree graduation rates, and shared stories of local business executives who rely on these students to fill critical positions every day. Students attending APC member colleges told legislators about their positive college experiences and the important role that TAP and the ETA program played in their ability attend college.