SUNY Students Support Extension of In-State Tuition Rates for Puerto Rican and Virgin Islander Students
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 6, 2017
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Moments ago, the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York voted unanimously to revise the guidelines that govern residency requirements for in-state tuition rates to include undergraduate and graduate students from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for the 2017-18 academic year at SUNY’s state-operated campuses.
“SUNY students have shown time and again our willingness to stick together and offer a helping hand when times are tough,” said Student Assembly President and Trustee Marc J. Cohen. “We wholeheartedly support this measure, which will help to ease one significant financial burden for these incredible Americans as they work to rebuild their lives.”
“The expansion of in-state tuition rates is a much-needed reprieve for our brothers and sisters who have been impacted by recent natural disasters” said Carlos Cobo, a junior at Stony Brook University and the Student Assembly’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. “In the midst of chaos, New York has once again shown its commitment to the greater community and reiterated its dedication to expanding access to public higher education of the highest quality.”
The Board of Trustees also called for similar action to be taken by the local boards of trustees at SUNY’s community colleges and the boards of trustees of Alfred University and Cornell University, which oversee SUNY’s five statutory colleges.
About the SUNY Student Assembly
The Student Assembly of the State University of New York (SUNY SA) is the recognized student government organization representing the nearly 600,000 students of the State University of New York. Comprised of student leaders elected by their peers from across SUNY’s 64 campuses, SUNY SA is committed to empowering students throughout the state, and ensuring the representation of its members on the state and national level, as well as throughout the SUNY system.