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.”

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