Senator Seward: Tuition money should stay in SUNY system

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Governor Cuomo and New York State legislative leaders are negotiating what could be a 5% increase in tuition for SUNY schools. Republican State Senator James Seward says it's part of a measure that would allow tuition dollars to stay with the SUNY system, instead of going into the state's general fund.

The measure mentioned by Senator Seward is called the Rational Tuition Policy. Seward calls the tuition increases "modest". He says the plan would give the SUNY system more independence and the Rational Tuition Policy would protect against fluctuating budget cuts.

Senator Seward said, "The last thing we don't want to continue in the state is for the state budget to increase its support for SUNY and shift that burden to the students. We want to put an end to that and any tuition increases will go to enhance the student experience at SUNY."

The plan would allow the SUNY Board of Trustees to set the annual tuition provided that it does not increase by more than 5.5% each year for the next five years.

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