Statement by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White

May 5, 2017

Chancellors of the Country’s Largest Systems of Higher Education Applaud the Restoration of Year-Round Pell

“For many students in New York, California, and across the country – students from low-income communities who are often the first in their family to pursue a higher education – the Pell Grant program puts college within reach.

“Nearly half-a-million students attending our colleges and universities currently receive Pell. Enabling thousands of these students to receive financial aid year-round provides much-needed flexibility for them as they seek to complete their degree on time while also meeting responsibilities at work and at home.

“We applaud Congress and the Trump Administration on this tremendous step forward.”

About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 50,800 faculty and staff and 479,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California Community Colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 110,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU at the CSU Media Center.

About the State University of New York
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 2017, more than 430,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served nearly 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2016-17 academic year. SUNY students and faculty across the state make significant contributions to research and discovery, resulting in $1 billion of externally sponsored activity each year. 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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