Statement by Donna Gurnett, president and CEO of New York’s Association of Proprietary Colleges in reaction to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State message:

“Members of New York’s Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) are committed to ensuring all students have the opportunity to receive a quality, affordable education. This commitment is evident in how member institutions support students throughout their college experience. By providing financial literacy training and counseling, and delivering more than $95 million in institutional aid annually, APC member colleges are helping more New Yorker’s earn degrees and keep student loan debt below the state average.

The APC membership supports Governor Cuomo’s strategies to aid and protect students as they make complex student loan decisions. However, the reality is the Governor’s recent veto of a measure (S. 5891 / A.7697) that would have expanded the Enhanced Tuition Award program to include all New York students attending private colleges, fails to support his message of equal access to higher education for all New Yorkers.

Increasing access to an affordable higher education is critical if New York is to continue to lead the nation in higher education opportunities. By expanding the Enhanced Tuition Awards program to include 40,000 New York additional college students, more New Yorkers who are working hard to earn their college degree would be able to reduce their student debt and secure a better job. The APC membership looks forward to working with the Governor and legislative leaders to keep college affordable and to achieve parity for all New York students.”