SUNY Chairman Tisch and Chancellor Malatras Issue Statement on Passage of $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package

March 10, 2021

"Today's passage of the $1.9 trillion pandemic rescue package is pivotal for the future of SUNY as we continue to navigate this unprecedented and challenging time. The stimulus nearly erases a $500 million operating deficit incurred over the last 12 months and provides direct emergency financial relief to the students who’ve been hardest hit by the pandemic. It means help is on the way for students struggling to pay for food, rent, course materials, and other basic needs as they pursue their education. We want to thank Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, New York’s top-ranking Representative Hakeem Jeffries, and the entire New York State delegation who supported this package. We appreciate their partnership with SUNY and our campuses, for truly understanding COVID’s impact on our students, and for leading the way to secure this crucial funding to stabilize our campuses financially. Now we can focus on the services and supports that our students depend on as we look forward to working closely with state legislators in the coming days to secure additional state funding, which allows us to invest and expand services for students and broaden access to education for all New Yorkers."

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