Statements from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and SUNY Student Assembly President Lori Mould on Governor Cuomo’s “Get On Your Feet” Program

April 1, 2015

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and SUNY Student Assembly President Lori Mould commend Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on the “Get On Your Feet” student loan program included in the 2015-16 New York State Budget.

“Governor Cuomo’s innovative ‘Get On Your Feet’ program will give college graduates a much-needed reprieve on making student loan payments in the two years immediately following their graduation, and incentivize them to stay in New York during what is perhaps the most decisive time of their career,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “The program will also complement SUNY’s applied learning partnerships with businesses and employers across the state – partnerships that provide our students with workforce experience during college and have a high rate of in-state job placement.”

“Governor Cuomo and the Legislature have taken a big step toward addressing student debt with the enactment of the ‘Get on Your Feet’ program,” said Mould. “We applaud this innovative approach to what is truly a national concern, and appreciate having yet another reason to stay and work in New York. SUNY students are fortunate to live in a state that – thanks to the leadership of Chancellor Nancy Zimpher – not only offers a quality education at some of the lowest tuition rates in the country, but also works to ensure they are secure and successful when they graduate.”

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