Governor Cuomo’s Veto Unfairly Limits College Accessibility for Women, Veterans and Communities of Color

Statement from Donna Gurnett, President and CEO of the Association of Proprietary Colleges.

“Today Governor Cuomo turned his back on nearly 40,000 New York college students who are earning associate, bachelor’s master’s and doctoral degrees at state Board of Regents certified proprietary colleges by vetoing a measure that would have allowed them to apply for the state’s new Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA).

Excluding these students is extremely shortsighted as they are exactly the type of student New York needs and should be empowering. At APC member institutions across the state, nearly 70 percent of students are women; and 41 percent are black or Hispanic. More than 2,000 of the students currently attending APC member colleges are veterans.

They often work long hours in addition to taking on full-time course loads. Ninety percent of students attending APC institutions are from New York and more than 90 percent of these students stay in New York after graduation to live and work.

APC members remain committed to their students; and to working with the Governor and legislative leaders to keep college affordable and to achieve parity for all New York students.”


The Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) represents 12 fully accredited, degree granting colleges operating on 23 college campuses in New York State offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs.  Regulated by the New York State Department of Education and Board of Regents, APC member institutions are located across the state from Buffalo, to Long Island, Jamestown to Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and the entire NYC metropolitan area. There are more than 50,000 students enrolled in proprietary colleges throughout New York State and APC member colleges serve more than 35,000 of these students. 

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