February 5, 2004 -- On the 30th anniversary of the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), Jeanne Neff, president of The Sage Colleges and chair of the legislative committee of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu), joined together with other representatives of independent higher education institutions to testify in favor of reinstating the popular state grant program.
TAP has provided hundreds of thousands of New York state students with the funds necessary to meet their college expenses. Proposed budget changes may make it more difficult for needy students who rely on TAP to meet tuition costs, and may ultimately put college out of reach for those who could benefit from it most.
"Education has been and still is the key to breaking the poverty cycle, supporting upward mobility, and insuring a society's continued social and economic development," said Neff.
About the cIcu
The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities represents the public policy interests of the chief executives of New York's 100+ independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities on issues of public policy. Member colleges compose the largest private sector of higher education in the world and confer most of the bachelor's degrees (59%), master's degrees (74%), and doctoral and first-professional degrees (81%) earned in New York State.