Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on Federal Student Loan Bill

August 9, 2013

“We applaud President Obama today for signing student loan legislation that will help keep college affordable for State University of New York students, as well as those at colleges and universities across the United States.

“SUNY's partnerships with federal and state officials have enabled us to keep our promise of affordability by putting measures in place such as rational tuition policy, which makes our tuition both affordable and predictable; SUNY Smart Track, which increases financial aid transparency and helps families plan for the costs of college, and Open SUNY, which will increase access to the classes students need to complete their degree on time and with less loan debt.”

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