Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher on Governor Cuomo’s Loan Forgiveness Program

January 18, 2015

“Governor Cuomo’s loan forgiveness program is an innovative and unprecedented opportunity for New York students.  Although SUNY tuition is among the lowest in the nation, college debt is often an unfortunate reality for many of our students.

“This proposal provides yet another incentive for SUNY alums to stay in New York State after graduation and help us build a skilled workforce that will drive the state’s economy and set a higher standard for public higher education nationally. 

"I commend the governor for his continued recognition of public education as the game-changer that it is for creating a stronger, more competitive New York State.”

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three 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 opportunities, visit

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