Statement from SUNY Chairman H. Carl McCall and Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson on FY 2020 Budget Agreement

March 31, 2019

"Our thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State legislators for their ongoing support of SUNY.

While we are still reviewing the full budget details, we are pleased the agreement increases funding for Excelsior Scholarship, restores investment in our Educational Opportunity Program, provides vital capital and operating needs for our campuses, and creates a new community college funding model that strengthens their financial viability, which will keep higher education affordable for students.

We are also deeply proud of the passage of the Jose Peralta DREAM Act, which ensures that all New Yorkers, including those brought to America when they were young, have access to a college education, unhindered by financial barriers.

Over the past year, we listened to the needs of campuses and students to improve services, rebuild our infrastructure, and continue to make a higher education affordable. On their behalf, we pushed those priorities and today the Governor and Legislature delivered and sent a strong message that in New York, anyone can have access to a high-quality and affordable college degree."

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The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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