Association of Proprietary College Members Remain Committed to Keeping College Affordable and Reducing Loan Debt

The Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) today released the second  in a series of postcards challenging a number of myths spread about the degree-granting proprietary sector of higher education in New York.

The second message tackles the myth that community colleges are low-cost and the most cost effective option for students seeking to earn a college degree.

Fact: 1. Community colleges receive taxpayer subsidies that lower the cost of college tuition for its students.

Fact:  2. APC member colleges employ more than 6,000 New Yorkers, pay state and federal taxes, and in the 2015-16 academic year, provided more that $92 million in grants, scholarships and institutional aid to support their students.

Fact:  3. In the 2015-2016 academic year, the average tuition increase at APC member college was less than one percent over the prior year, well within the governor’s recent request to cap tuition increases.

“APC member colleges are committed to keeping college affordable and reducing loan debt,” said Donna Gurnett, president and CEO of APC. “Over the past few years, our colleges have instituted either small tuition increases, held tuition flat or even decreased tuition.”

According to Gurnett, keeping costs low is possible because APC member colleges identify operating efficiencies that will not negatively affect faculty development or student support systems. For example, using e-textbooks or textbook rentals for course material is much more cost effective than requiring students to purchase textbooks.

What’s more, unlike other sectors of higher education, New York’s APC member colleges pay state and federal taxes and receive no direct taxpayer support for capital improvements.

During this legislative session in Albany, APC members are urging lawmakers to:

  • Increase the maximum Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award to $6,500 annually;
  • Expand the TAP income threshold from $80,000 to $100,000;
  • Reinstate TAP for graduate students; and
  • Expand eligibility to the proposed Excelsior Scholarship program, allowing students attending APC member colleges to participate.

“APC members are committed to keeping debt down, student achievement high and a path to employment a priority,” said Gurnett.  “We are proud of our students and our long-standing record of achievement and we look forward to working with New York policymakers and lawmakers to ensure all students are granted the opportunity to succeed.”

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The Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) represents 14 fully accredited, degree granting colleges operating on 25 college campuses in New York State offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. Our colleges are located across the state from Buffalo, to Long Island, Jamestown to Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and the entire NYC metropolitan area. There are more than 50,000 students enrolled in proprietary colleges throughout New York State and APC member colleges serve more than 35,000 of these students.

Please visit www.apc-colleges.org and follow us on Twitter @APCColleges (#APC4TAP) and Facebook @ APCColleges .

Members of APC include:

Berkeley College
Bryant & Stratton College
The College of Westchester
Elmira Business Institute
Five Towns College
Island Drafting & Technical Institute
Jamestown Business College
LIM College
Monroe College
New York Career Institute
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Plaza College
School of Visual Arts (SVA)
The Swedish Institute

Association of Proprietary College Members Help Students Graduate On-Time and Prepared to Make an Immediate Contribution in the Workforce.

The Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) today released the first in a series of postcards challenging a number of myths spread about the degree-granting proprietary sector of higher education in New York.

The first message tackles the myth that proprietary colleges fail to provide a path to timely college degrees for their students.

Fact: New York’s proprietary colleges have higher on-time associate degree graduation rates than other sectors of higher education, according to the New York State Education Department.  

What’s more, APC member colleges have increased their on-time graduation rates for bachelor degrees by three percent since 2011, and meet or exceed the statewide average graduation rate.

“Graduating with a quality education is ultimately the key to success for our students,” said Donna Gurnett, president and CEO of APC. “Graduation helps ensure students are able to find good jobs and are able to repay their students loans.”

Recent studies have shown that student loan borrowers who struggle the most to repay their loans are often students who do not complete a degree. They default on their student loans at nearly three times the rate of borrowers who earned a degree.[1]

“APC member colleges offer their students exceptional support throughout their college experience,” said Gurnett. “Common themes include individual attention, small class sizes (average student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1), counseling and financial literacy training and career development. This attention and support translates into more students successfully graduating on time with lower student debt overall.”

Additionally, many APC member colleges offer a 12-credit, three-semester model that encourages students to attend year round and reach graduation sooner.

During this legislative session in Albany, APC members are urging lawmakers to:

  • Expand eligibility to the proposed Excelsior Scholarship program, enabling students attending APC member colleges to participate;
  • Increase the maximum Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award to $6,500 annually;
  • Expand the TAP income threshold from $80,000 to $100,000; and
  • Reinstate TAP for graduate students.

“We are proud of our students and our long-standing record of achievement and we look forward to working with New York policymakers and lawmakers to ensure all students are granted the opportunity to succeed,” Gurnett said.

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The Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) represents 14 fully accredited, degree granting colleges operating on 25 college campuses in New York State offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. Our colleges are located across the state from Buffalo, to Long Island, Jamestown to Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and the entire NYC metropolitan area. There are more than 50,000 students enrolled in proprietary colleges throughout New York State and APC member colleges serve more than 35,000 of these students.

Please visit www.apc-colleges.org and follow us on Twitter @APCColleges and Facebook @ APCColleges .

Members of APC include:

Berkeley College
Bryant & Stratton College
The College of Westchester
Elmira Business Institute
Five Towns College
Island Drafting & Technical Institute
Jamestown Business College
LIM College
Monroe College
New York Career Institute
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Plaza College
School of Visual Arts (SVA)
The Swedish Institute

APC releases Postcard #1, challenging a number of myths spread about the degree-granting proprietary sector of higher education in New York.

 Video: APC’s Donna Gurnett broadcasts from the NYS Capitol, where she testified at the 2017-18 Joint Legislative Hearing on Higher Education.

Donna Gurnett, president and CEO of New York’s Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) submitted testimony today at the Legislature’s Joint Budget Hearing on the 2017-2018 Executive Budget Proposal on Higher Education.
View her testimony here.