Statement by SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget

January 18, 2017

"We are thrilled to see college affordability and completion as primary focuses of Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget, which includes a tuition-free program that goes beyond what any other state has in place, a tuition plan for our State-operated campuses, and a significant increase in capital funding to support our physical infrastructure over the next five years.

"The Governor’s proposal presents New York State with an opportunity to lead the nation in making the cost of college affordable, responsible, and transparent.

"We look forward to working with the Governor and Legislature in the coming months to refine the details of these initiatives, and to ensure the continued success of our students as well as our State-operated campuses, statutory institutions, community colleges, and academic medical centers."

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