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Alfred State president, students voice support for tuition increase plan

March 09, 2011

Hornell Evening Tribune

Alfred, N.Y. —

When was the last time college students supported a tuition increase?

In what might be a first, students at Alfred State College are behind the idea of a rational tuition plan allowing families to prepare for tuition hikes, said Student Senate President AJ LaMere.

“We know the value of a SUNY education. We see the merit in the programs, and it’s worth every penny,” said LaMere.

LaMere met with the student and Greek senates and support was widespread. The plan “was predictable and would allow students to plan for anything thrown at us,” he said.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher advocated a plan scheduling tuition increases in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 10 percent cut to funding for SUNY schools. The slash would eliminate over $1 million from the Alfred State budget, said President John Anderson.

Zimpher’s plan calls for a “fair, predictable, and responsible” tuition policy that would help students and families plan for tuition jumps over a five year period.

Both LaMere and Anderson said an annual tuition increase of a couple hundred dollars would reduce the damage budget cuts would inflict on the college.

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