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Protect SUNY

February 15, 2011

Buffalo News Editorial
February 14, 2011

Predictable tuition increases would preserve programs, help students plan

Raise my tuition, please!

Who would ever have thought that college students would get upset with the governor for not increasing tuition? That's exactly what happened recently when a student delegation representing the state's 465,000 public college students got together.

The students are advocating what college campus presidents have urged over the past several years, and that is for modest, regular tuition increases at the State University of New York, as long as the extra money is used to fund the campuses and -- this is important -- not just go straight to Albany's coffers.

Those "sweeps," in which money intended for college campuses has been pilfered to bolster Albany's bottom line, have occurred more or less regularly, though perhaps never to such a maddening degree as two years ago. That was when lawmakers and the governor snatched the $620 tuition increase students had been forced to pay to help balance the state's budget.

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