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Vision for Predictable Tuition Realized in SUNY 2020

SUNY leadership and student representatives praised passage of a financial plan that includes steady annual tuition increases for the next five years.

SUNY logoState legislators approved the SUNY 2020 plan and the state university system's Board of Trustees instituted it in late June.

The plan, which takes effect this fall, calls for a $300 annual tuition increase for New York resident undergraduates at 29 campuses, including Oswego. Non-resident students attending SUNY's four university centers at Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo and Stony Brook will see a 10 percent increase each year.

"The bipartisan legislative solution passed today maintains tuition at one of the lowest levels in the nation and will also insure academic excellence now and into the future," said Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley. "In the end this is a huge benefit for our students and their families."

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher noted the plan will produce a level stream of funding to campuses while also providing predictable increases for students.

"Every new tuition dollar will be reinvested in creating the best possible educational experience for our students, including protecting and enhancing programs, allowing for smaller class sizes, and better preparing students for greater post-graduate opportunities," said Zimpher. "A rational tuition policy that is fair, responsible, and predictable has long been SUNY's primary legislative goal."

State student and faculty assembly leaders welcomed the end to a long-standing issue of irregular tuition increases of up to 40 percent.

The plan also includes a challenge grant program that will make millions of dollars available to SUNY schools to institute economic development plans that benefit campus and community.

— Staff reports

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