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Although the City’s operating support in Fiscal 2014 for the community colleges remains level, there are $4.8 million in vital programs, such as the Black Male Initiative and Citizenship Now that the University seeks restorations and/or enhancements. These and other programs have demonstrated their importance to students, their families and the broader CUNY community.
For our capital program, our $54 million request include the 2nd year funding of a multi-year plan agreed to by the City Council and the Mayor as part of last year’s city adopted budget. These and other capital funds will allow CUNY to address critical maintenance needs at the community colleges.
In the final budget passed on March 29, 2013, CUNY received additional funds for community college base aid and programs. Details include an increase in community college base aid of $150 per FTE which generates $12.3 million for CUNY’s community colleges. Additionally, the University received added funding of $1.7 million for the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs(ASAP). Child care was restored in the amount of $544,000. A brand new program known as the Next Generation Job Linkage program incentive fund was included for CUNY resulting in new funds amounting to $2 million dollars. The CUNY Opportunity programs also received an increased amount of funds. SEEK received an additional $550,000 and College Discovery was increased by $26,500. The Joseph Murphy Institute also received an increase of 1 million dollars. In addition, CUNY will be awarded $55 million each year over the next five years for the NYCUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program to stimulate economic development.
CUNY is very pleased with the final budget adoption. These actions would not have taken place without your involvement! Thank you.
The deadline for sequestration cuts to be implemented if no congressional action is taken will be March 1, 2013. This will negatively impact Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)Programs, Federal Work-Study programs and opportunity programs such as TRIO and GEAR-UP. In addition, CUNY colleges will face cuts from research and development funding received from the National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation.
Please choose one of the letters below to send to your congressional representatives in Washington, D.C. The next two weeks are critical to reach out to legislators.
Fiscal Cliff/American Tax Payer Relief Act - Key provisions relating to Higher Education:
- ● Postpones Sequestration for 2 months.
- ● Extends for five years the American Opportunity Tax Credit which provides up to $2500 in tax relief for payments toward tuition and education expenses.
- ● Makes permanent allowing for up to $5,250 in tax-free employer educational assistance for graduate and undergraduate education.
- ● Makes permanent the Student Loan Interest Deduction which provides for a reduction in income through a $2,500 credit from payments toward student loan interest. The credit has been phased out for individuals making between $60,000 and $75,000 and for couples with incomes between $120,000 and $150,000.
- ● Provides a two year extension of the experimentation tax credit.
Recruit Friends & Family
There is power in a large organized group of people advocating on behalf of a particular issue. Please assist us in spreading the word to your family and friends in supporting public higher education. Please provide us with five e-mail addresses of acquaintances who may be interested in seeking support to provide a quality education for all students. So Tell A Friend today.
Download our pdf flyer to help inform others who might want to get involved.
There are many legislative events you may be interested in attending. Review the action events now. Examples of these events include budget hearings, rallies, legislative conferences and lobby days for advocacy groups.
INVEST in CUNY
Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, Chairman Benno C. Schmidt Jr. and the presidents of the colleges have announced the launch of Invest in CUNY: Expanding the Vision, which sets a new total goal of $3 billion by 2015. >>
CUNY Citizenship Now!
CUNY Citizenship Now! provides free, high quality, and confidential citizenship and immigration law services to help immigrants on their path to U.S. citizenship. >>