Tuition Assistance Program

Six days after it was due, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York State’s legislative leaders announced a final agreement on a $212 billion budget deal. It increases taxes on the wealthy and adds funds for schools, renters and small businesses, including restaurants that struggled financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Karen DeWitt

Students in the public university systems rallied this week at the State Capitol to end what they say is a built-in flaw in the state’s student aid policies. They say it’s costing the State and City University systems nearly $150 million a year. But their requests for more money come at a time when the state’s finances are tightening.

Karen DeWitt

In the midst of a national debate on immigration, the New York State Assembly this week passed a bill to give children of undocumented immigrants access to financial aid for college.


National Public Radio

Governor Cuomo’s budget director is among those defending the state’s new free public college tuition program for some middle class students, after a week of criticism from the left and the right of the political spectrum.


WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

New York State Senate republicans are proposing a plan to make college more affordable and protect private colleges. They have proposed a significant increase in the Tuition Assistance Program known as TAP. 

WBFO file photo

Students from across the state are gathering in Albany today to encourage elected officials to commit more resources to student financial aid programs.

WBFO News file photo

A proposed boost in college aid for New York State students has come to a halt in an Assembly committee. The development has drawn the ire of the legislation's co-sponsor, Amherst Republican Assemblyman Ray Walter.

New state budget includes financial aid boost

Apr 2, 2014
Chris Caya/WBFO News

College students and businesses have something to gain from the recently enacted state budget. One area lawmaker says the local economy should benefit, as well.