Statement from Donna Gurnett, President and CEO of the Association of Proprietary Colleges, on the Passage of a Measure Expanding the Enhanced Tuition Award Program

“Members of New York’s Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) are pleased that the New York State Senate and Assembly passed measure S.5891/A.7697 (Klein/Pichardo), amending the definition of private degree granting intuitions and expanding the Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA) program eligibility to include students attending APC member colleges.

“New York’s final budget disadvantaged nearly 40,000 students attending the state’s private degree-granting proprietary colleges by not allowing them to apply for the new ETA award. This measure corrects this oversight. The APC membership now calls on the Governor to sign this bill into law.

“New York is a leader in higher education. In the early 1970s, the state recognized the ability of New York’s proprietary college sector to educate non-traditional students and granted select institutions degree-granting authority. Since that time, the state has empowered each of the four sectors of higher education, comprised of SUNY, CUNY, private not-for-profit and proprietary colleges, to increase college access and ensure degree completion. If the state is to continue to lead the nation in higher education, all New York students deserve the same opportunity to reduce their student loan debt as the students who attend SUNY, CUNY or private/not-for-profit colleges.”


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, Utica, 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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