HIGHER EDUCATION

  • During Mario Cuomo's term as Governor state support for SUNY has increased by nearly 70% and state support for state-operated community colleges has increased by over 100%.

  • Governor Cuomo is equally concerned with the CUNY schools, and has increased state funding by over 60% for CUNY senior colleges and over 120% for CUNY community college operations during his terms as Governor.

  • New York's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is the most generous in the country, helping working class and needy students pay for college. Governor Cuomo has doubled the average award for students who receive aid from this program.

  • Governor Cuomo has invested more than $387 million of state funds in science and technology projects in higher education. This includes the creation of Centers for Advanced Technology at 13 universities around the state.

  • The CUNY and SUNY systems have been given more autonomy to manage their university's resources and make their own budget decisions with reduced interference from the state.

  • The Governor proposed and signed legislation in 1988 to create the Liberty Scholarship program, a national-first approach to providing higher educational opportunity to deserving students. This program guarantees that no student who graduates from high school and wants to move on to college will be denied that right because they cannot afford it. While fiscal constraints delayed its implementation, the Liberty Scholarship program is not being funded.

  • Tuition at our public colleges is lower than all of our northeast neighbors; our University Centers cost less than other systems' "flagship schools;" and, we have the greatest number of public colleges in the "Best Buys" list developed by Money Magazine.

  • New York institutions award more graduate and professional degrees combined than any other state in the nation.