New York Lawmaker Proposes Tuition Freeze At SUNY, CUNY Schools

Desiree D'Iorio

February 7, 2020

College Graduates.

Legislation introduced in New York could place a four-year freeze on tuition costs at state and city universities.  

State Senator Kevin Thomas, D-Levittown, says New Yorkers face a “student debt crisis” because of the “TAP Gap.” That’s the $139 million difference between how much tuition costs and how much money students get from the state’s Tuition Assistance Program. Thomas introduced the tuition freeze.

“We need to get to the root of this problem. Instead of having an arbitrary increase every single year, I want us to sit down and actually fix this problem.”

Thomas wants the SUNY and CUNY boards to develop a long-term solution for tuition affordability. 

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