New York Colleges Dispel Myths With Facts

Association of Proprietary College Members Remain Committed to Keeping College Affordable and Reducing Loan Debt

The Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) today released the second in a series of postcards challenging a number of myths spread about the degree-granting proprietary sector of higher education in New York.

The second message tackles the myth that community colleges are low-cost and the most cost effective option for students seeking to earn a college degree.

Fact: 1. Community colleges receive taxpayer subsidies that lower the cost of college tuition for its students.

Fact:  2. APC member colleges employ more than 6,000 New Yorkers, pay state and federal taxes, and in the 2015-16 academic year, provided more that $92 million in grants, scholarships and institutional aid to support their students.

Fact:  3. In the 2015-2016 academic year, the average tuition increase at APC member college was less than one percent over the prior year, well within the governor’s recent request to cap tuition increases.

“APC member colleges are committed to keeping college affordable and reducing loan debt,” said Donna Gurnett, president and CEO of APC. “Over the past few years, our colleges have instituted either small tuition increases, held tuition flat or even decreased tuition.”

According to Gurnett, keeping costs low is possible because APC member colleges identify operating efficiencies that will not negatively affect faculty development or student support systems. For example, using e-textbooks or textbook rentals for course material is much more cost effective than requiring students to purchase textbooks.

What’s more, unlike other sectors of higher education, New York’s APC member colleges pay state and federal taxes and receive no direct taxpayer support for capital improvements.

During this legislative session in Albany, APC members are urging lawmakers to:

  • Increase the maximum Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award to $6,500 annually;
  • Expand the TAP income threshold from $80,000 to $100,000;
  • Reinstate TAP for graduate students; and
  • Expand eligibility to the proposed Excelsior Scholarship program, allowing students attending APC member colleges to participate.

“APC members are committed to keeping debt down, student achievement high and a path to employment a priority,” said Gurnett.  “We are proud of our students and our long-standing record of achievement and we look forward to working with New York policymakers and lawmakers to ensure all students are granted the opportunity to succeed.”


The Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) represents 14 fully accredited, degree granting colleges operating on 25 college campuses in New York State offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. Our colleges 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.

Please visit www.apc-colleges.org and follow us on Twitter @APCColleges (#APC4TAP) and Facebook @ APCColleges .

Members of APC include:

Berkeley College
Bryant & Stratton College
The College of Westchester
Elmira Business Institute
Five Towns College
Island Drafting & Technical Institute
Jamestown Business College
LIM College
Monroe College
New York Career Institute
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Plaza College
School of Visual Arts (SVA)
The Swedish Institute