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City Campaign 2016


On April 26th, the Mayor released New York City’s Fiscal 2017 Executive Budget. For CUNY, the city’s executive budget provides $322.9 million for community colleges, a net increase of $32 million from Fiscal 2016 level. Highlights of programmatic and capital initiatives funded include:

  • $ 1 million to further expand the Accelerated Studies Associate Program (ASAP)
  • $900,000 to assign CUNY Tutors to Math and Computer Science classes in DOE schools
  • $ 1 million to provide additional College Application Fee Waivers to meet need
  • $1.4 million to expand the CUNY LINCT (Lessons in Navigating College Transition) to Success program
  • $10.2 million in Borough President Capital Allocations for CUNY Colleges

City Council programs funded in the Adopted Fiscal 2016 budget, including $17 million for the City Council Merit Scholarships, were not included in the City’s financial plan.

The City Council’s Finance and Higher Education Committees will hold its hearing on the Mayor’s Fiscal 2017 Executive Budget for CUNY on May 20th. Public Testimony before the City Council on the Mayor’s Fiscal 2017 Budget, including CUNY, will be heard on May 24th.


FY2017 City Executive Budget Analysis

2016-17 City Executive Budget Priorities (Green Sheet)

Chancellor James B. Milliken Budget Hearing Testimony


State Campaign 2016


Thank you for the tremendous support we received this year! Listed below are the some of the important aspects of the 2016-2017 enacted New York State budget:


  • An increase of $21.3 million to Senior Colleges
  • An increase of $17.3 million for community colleges
  • The proposed funding shift of $485 million to New York City did not happen
  • Collective bargaining costs were NOT included
  • A renewal of the 5 year predictable tuition policy was NOT included.
  • An increase of 4,7 million to SEEK and $225,000 for College Discovery
  • An additional $9.3 million in community college base aid
  • ASAP and childcare were restored to 2016 levels.
  • An additional $143 million for critical maintenance at the Senior Colleges and $61.6 for the community colleges to match funding from the City.
  • An additional $55 million for the CUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program

You may view the full budget analysis in the documents below.

2016-2017 Enacted Budget Analysis


Open Letter from CUNY College Foundation Leaders in New York Times

Open Letter from CUNY College Foundation Leaders in Daily News

Open Letter from CUNY College Foundation Leaders in New York Post