Students Discuss the Importance of the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
More than 60 students, faculty and administrators from New York’s degree-granting proprietary colleges will visit Albany Tuesday, March, 1 to acknowledge lawmakers for supporting the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and encourage them to restore the maximum TAP award for students attending colleges that offer only two-year degree programs.
Delegates representing New York’s Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC), easily identified by their blue and white scarves, will remind lawmakers that in 2010, students enrolled in colleges that only offer two-year degrees had their TAP awards reduced by 20 percent. The reduction has impacted approximately 12,000 students, some of whom need TAP the most.
“APC wholeheartedly supports TAP, which provides opportunity to thousands of APC students across the state,” said Donna Gurnett, executive director of APC. “Many students attending an APC member college do not have family or others they can turn to for financial support and rely on this assistance to complete their degrees. For these students, TAP truly makes college possible.
“APC member colleges are committed to helping students achieve a lifetime of success – starting with a commitment to academic excellence,” said Gurnett. “This includes striving to improve on-time graduation rates as well as working with students early on in their education, with financial literacy programs and counseling, to ensure they are aware of their options and make smart financial choices.
“Our objective is simple, to provide all students the chance to succeed,” concluded Gurnett. “We urge lawmakers to aid us in this effort and restore the TAP reduction.”
The Association of Proprietary Colleges represents 16 tax-paying, degree-granting colleges located on 28 campuses across New York. Proprietary colleges are one of the four sectors of higher education in New York. APC member colleges offer degrees in associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, including business, health care, hospitality management, graphic arts, technology and more. During the 2013-14 academic year, APC member colleges conferred 8,695 degrees. And of those, 918 were masters and doctoral degrees.
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