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, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2018, more than 424,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2017-18 academic year. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. There are 3 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 opportunity, visit

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