Governor Andrew M. CuomoThe Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) applauded Governor Cuomo for his support of the state’s Tuition Assistance Program.

The governor today released his proposed 2011-12 Executive Budget, calling for TAP to remain at “current year levels.”  In offering his budget, Governor Cuomo told the Legislature that New York will have to grow its way out of the current fiscal crisis. APC strongly supports this position.

“We understand these are very tough fiscal times for New York state,” said Stephen J. Jerome, APC president and president of Monroe College in the Bronx and New Rochelle. “The governor recognizes that TAP is an investment in New York’s future, and therefore will help the state emerge from its economic crisis.”

Two-year programs offered by APC Colleges are often the straightest path to higher education for many economically disadvantaged students, including single parents, working men and women, and minorities. The existing TAP policy will limit access for these students, many of whom have the academic qualifications to attend college, but not the financial means.