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Increase TAP

Students take part in graduation ceremonies at D'Youville College.

We applaud New York State's efforts to make higher education affordable, however, the proposed Excelsior Scholarship could have a devastating economic impact on D'Youville and other small private colleges.

Private college and universities are economic anchors in their communities, providing direct and indirect jobs, paying taxes, and creating a sense of community and commerce on and off campus. We keep students from leaving the state to be educated and we attract students and investments from around the world to areas that might otherwise experience further population declines.

The 2018 Executive Budget threatens D’Youville and other private and not-for-profit campuses. With carefully calibrated enrollments and artfully crafted freshmen classes, private colleges and universities like D’Youville work hard to ensure that all students who are qualified for admission can afford to attend, regardless of their economic circumstances. The Executive Budget threatens that tradition.

The Excelsior Scholarship would provide free tuition at our public institutions while offering no additional aid to students who would otherwise thrive at a private college. The Executive Budget would also deny the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) or Bundy Aid to students attending private colleges that raise tuition beyond limits imposed by the government. This will erode the state’s system of private higher education – a system that has, for more than a century, brought economic mobility to its students and stability to its communities.

We at D’Youville feel all New York students who fit the same financial profile should have access to the same amount of state-funded scholarship aid. Colleges and universities should not be penalized for their progressive commitment to ensuring that all who are qualified for admission have the opportunity to enroll and attend their best-fit college. We appreciate the state’s TAP program and ask that it treats all students equitably.

In fairness to our students, communities, and taxpayers everywhere that rely on our colleges, we urge the New York State Executive Branch to expand the availability of tuition assistance for all students whose families earn $125,000 or less. An expansion of the maximum TAP award to $6,500 and an increase in eligible family income to $125,000 would increase the number of students already receiving free tuition at SUNY and CUNY while giving students the choice of which college — public or private — works best for them.

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Please join us in urging State legislators to consider an alternative, already proven successful in the past, producing the exceptional level of educational rigor throughout New York State – increase the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for all qualifying students and their families.

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New York State Independent Colleges Matter

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Facts and Figures
  • Independent colleges $650 vs. SUNY's $8,830 cost per student to New York taxpayers.
  • Independent colleges 491,628 vs. SUNY 412,769 four-year students enrolled state-wide.
  • 79.6 billion of state revenue is generated by independent colleges.
  • Independent colleges means jobs:
  • 400,000+ direct/indirect workforce
  • 2+ billion payroll taxes collected
  • $28.1 billion economic workforce impact
  • 4 of 15 top state employers.
  • $8,830 per student for SUNY/CUNY, $650 per private college, in excess of 80,500 private college students qualifying for TAP per 2017 Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU), testimony.
  • 491,628 students are enrolled in the independent sector, 237,565 students in SUNY, and 170,204 students enrolled in CUNY per 2015 New York State Education Department (NYSED).
  • $79.6 billion in New York State revenue; 406,300 direct and indirect jobs (179.700 institution jobs, 16,600 construction jobs. and 210,000 induced jobs) $28.1 billion total payroll (institutional, construction, and indirect and induced employment); excess of $2 billion payroll taxes collected per 2015 Economic Impact of New York State's Independent Sector of Higher Education, prepared by the Center for Governmental Research (CGR) for the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.
  • Four Independent Sector institutions rank among the top 15 employers in New York State: (Columbia University, Cornell University/Weill Medical College, New York University/NN Langone Medical Center, and University of Rochester/UR Medicine) per 2015 Center for Governmental Research (CGR) data.

D'Youville: Every Dollar Counts

An inforgraphic of taxpayer costs per student. Transcipt below.

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Facts and Figures
  • 1 in 2 Families rely on TAP.
  • $1.5 million TAP is awarded annually.
  • $35.9 million of additional aid awarded.
  • $29.9 million potential loss of tuition by 2020 without TAP.
  • The New York average $30,000 vs. D'Youville's average of $25,000 student loan post-college average indebtedness.
  • 692 full-time D'Youville students currently receive TAP funding reported on 2015-2016 New York State Education Department (NYSED).
  • $1,531,966.00 was awarded as reported on 2015-2016 NYSED.
  • $35,899,032.98 in financial aid is received by D'Youville undergraduates.
  • $29,919,440 is the projected loss calculation based on 824 full-time on-campus students paying $36,310 in tuition, room and board opting for State schools by 2019 when the Excelsior Scholarship raises median family income qualification to $125,000.
  • $25,500 is the D'Youville graduate average loan indebtedness: $30,000 is the New York State average per the Governor’s office.