There is good news for higher education in New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget for 2012-13.
Cuomo’s spending plan call for full funding for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), opportunity programs (HEOP, STEP/C-STEP, Liberty Partnerships) and Direct Institutional “Bundy” Aid.
“I commend Gov. Cuomo for recognizing the vital role Keuka College and other colleges and universities play in our state’s economic revival,” said College President Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera. “I am particularly pleased the governor has retained the maximum $5,000 award available through TAP, an aid program so critical to many of our students realizing their dream of a Keuka degree.”
Other programs Cuomo proposes to fund at last year’s levels include High Needs Nursing ($941,000), Teacher Opportunity Program ($450,000) and Nursing Faculty Loan Forgiveness and Senator Pat McGee Nursing Scholarships ($3.93 million). These programs work respectively to alleviate the nursing and teacher shortages throughout the State.
The State and City Universities were also level-funded, as well as community colleges.