Published March 21, 2016
NYSUNY 2020 was signed into law by Governor Cuomo in 2011. UB supports an extension of the legislation, which includes a predictable tuition program.
Over the five-year period since NYSUNY 2020 was enacted, UB has implemented the Finish in 4 program enabling on-time graduation for all students; hired 291 top faculty in high-demand areas; expanded experiential learning opportunities for students; and provided $35.4 million in need-based financial aid to nearly 29,000 students.
With NYSUNY 2020 in place, tuition at UB has increased $150 per semester, making it possible for students and their families plan for the future. An extension of this predictable tuition program would enable UB to build on the momentum of the first five years of NYSUNY 2020 by continuing to invest in students' education through:
"Before NYSUNY 2020, we would have these long periods where nothing occurred with tuition changes, and then we would have these incredible spikes,” says Scott Weber, senior vice provost of academic affairs. "Unpredictable and high tuition increases made financial planning difficult for students. NYSUNY 2020 has provided students with an ability to plan for a future where the tuition will not increase too much, as SUNY schools can only increase tuition $300 in a single year."
Prior to NYSUNY 2020, a lot of the revenue generated from tuition increases went to Albany. "With NYSUNY 2020, the revenue stays on campus. Those tuition increases, modest as they are, still stay on campus for the betterment of our students,” Weber said.
Even with the tuition increases, UB is one of the most affordable universities among AAU public institutions for both residents and non-residents.
Extension of NYSUNY 2020 is supported by members of the Western New York legislative delegation, the SUNY Board of Trustees and by the SUNY Student Assembly. A 2015 editorial in the Buffalo News also called for extending NYSUNY 2020 and noted “NYSUNY 2020 made sense a few years ago and it will make sense going forward.”
Since being signed into law by Gov. Cuomo in 2011, NYSUNY 2020 has enabled UB to make transformative investments in students education: