ALBANY -- Tuition would rise by up to 8 percent per year at the state university's four campus centers, including the University at Buffalo, and 5 percent annually at SUNY's other 60 colleges, under a proposal announced this afternoon by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
For UB and the three other campus centers at Stony Brook, Binghamton and Albany, it would mean tuition could rise by 47 percent over the next five years.
In a bill that mirrors some components of the UB 2020 plan, the governor would permit all state colleges to participate in a five-year, "rational" tuition program in which tuition would rise on a predictable basis instead of the past procedure that has seen stretches of no increases followed by sudden, large hikes.
For UB, tuition would be able to rise from the current $4,970 annual level for undergraduate resident students to $7,300 by the fifth year of Cuomo's plan. For Buffalo State and other colleges, tuition could rise to as much as $6,344 per year in five years.
Cuomo proposes mitigating the burden on low income students by exempting those who receive TAP awards and providing "low interest" loans.
Let's see how long the TAP exemption lasts.
Want to make a bet that by Year Six the TAP exemption sunsets but Cuomo provides plenty of "low interest" loans for students (and lots of money-making opportunities for his bankster buddies)?
Great - tuition and fee costs at colleges have already risen well above the inflation rate the last 20 years.
One of the few things that remains affordable in NY State is the SUNY system.
A low income student used to be able to go to a SUNY college for four years and come out with a college degree and less than $10,000 in loans.
But if out Tea Party Governor Cuomo gets his way, in five years time, students are going to be graduating with more like $25,000 - $30,000 in debt.
Given the limited opportunities for college grads these days, that doesn't sound like such a great way to start a life.
I still can't figure out how this guy has 71% approval ratings.
Since he has come into office, he has made move after to move to screw working and middle class people - from canning the millionaire's tax to the budget cuts that are aimed at services used by many working folks to the school aid cuts to this SUNY plan.
Little Andrew Cuomo is a Tea Partier, through and through.
And now he's coming for your college kids.