Students at New York’s Proprietary Colleges Are a Great Fit for Expanding Higher Education Opportunity

The Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) efforts to boost opportunities for its students are kicking into high gear as it prepares its students to engage in grass roots advocacy efforts during the state budget process. 

“More than 90 percent of our 35,000 students are New Yorkers, and after completing their degrees, they plan to stay here and build upon the education they received,” said Donna Stelling-Gurnett, President of the Association of Proprietary Colleges. “APC Colleges are committed to keeping college affordable, student loan debt low; academic achievement high and a path to employment our number one goal.”

Among APC’s student focused state advocacy priorities are inclusion for students attending our colleges to be eligible for the Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA) Program.  This would ensure students attending all private colleges and universities have access to similar state assistance being offered to students attending SUNY and CUNY through the Excelsior Scholarship Program.

APC estimates that approximately 8,500 students would be eligible for an ETA award. Senator Jeff Klein and Assemblyman Victor Pichardo have introduced legislation in their respective houses to grant eligibility for ETA for students attending all private colleges in New York (Senate No. 7353 and Assembly Bill No. 9628).

“Our students are a great fit for state investment. And, we believe the ETA proposal merits inclusion in the 2018-19 state budget,” Stelling-Gurnett said.  “Today, some may be unaware of our colleges’ histories, student profile or investments – however, in the weeks to come, we will make sure it is a front and center issue both at the Capitol and in district offices as the budget process unfolds and we will clearly articulate why college affordability, access and choice is important for all students in New York State.”

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In addition to the ETA proposal, APC Colleges offer several additional recommendations for consideration:

  • Expand the Early College High School programs and Pathways in Technology (P-Tech) to include proprietary colleges.
  • Increase the minimum TAP award from $500 to $1,000 and /or the maximum TAP award from $5,165 to $6,500 annually.
  • Increase the maximum income threshold to receive a TAP award from $80,000 to 100,000 annually.
  • Restore Maximum TAP Awards for Two-Year Degree Programs.
  • Reinstate Graduate TAP.

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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. 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.

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