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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 2:00pm

President Tim Hall and other private college presidents met with The Journal News’ editorial board to discuss Governor Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship proposal. The plan would help cover tuition at public SUNY, CUNY and community colleges for New York state students whose families make under $125,000.


“I think the Governor’s impulse here to expand access to higher education is absolutely fantastic. I think the plan though, will have negative effects on many students,” said Hall.


The Excelsior Scholarship would not cover room, board, books or fees. Tuition itself is only about a third of a SUNY college bill, which means students would be responsible for the rest of the cost. It also leaves Mercy College and other private college students out entirely.


Hall also discussed the misconceptions people have about the cost of attending private colleges. More than 70 percent of Mercy College freshmen receive financial aid in the form of Pell grants or from the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), which leaves them with little or no out of pocket costs.


Cuomo’s Excelsior Plan would also pull TAP funding for students attending private colleges that increase their tuition by $500 or more a year, or more than the higher education rate of inflation, which would negatively affect Mercy College students.


In addition to Hall, the panel included the presidents of Pace University, Manhattanville College, Iona College, Dominican College and the president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York.


To read the full article on The Journal News, click here