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SUNY Set To Freeze Tuition If State Boosts Funding

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher
Chancellor Nancy Zimpher

The State University Board of Trustees and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher say they would freeze tuition if the system receives more state money in the budget.

The board says it wouldn't increase tuition for the first year of legislation currently up for extension. But SUNY says it would need $73 million in direct state aid from the Legislature as a part of a compromise.

The Senate and Assembly budget proposals call for either tuition freezes or getting rid of the tuition plan, along with increases in state aid to SUNY.

A board member says 43 percent of community colleges' expenses are put on students.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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