New York Governor Kathy Hochul has some big plans for SUNY and CUNY schools, and she outlined those goals in last week’s State of the State address.

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In her State of the State address, Governor Hochul said that she wants the schools within the State University of New York system to have 500,000 students by 2030 however, enrollment is still on a ten-year decline.

Community colleges within the SUNY system have taken the biggest enrollment hit, losing 87,000 students since 2011. Despite the declining enrollment in SUNY schools, Governor Hochul wants to grow the student population and increase the tuition rate “modestly.”

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One of the colleges facing possible impact from a tuition increase is Binghamton University.  According to Gothamist, Hochul's plan would mean tuition "hikes of up to 6% at the state’s flagship universities in Albany, Buffalo, Binghamton and Stony Brook. The increases would go into effect next fall."

Governor Hochul's office says students who attend on full scholarships through New York's tuition assistance or Excelsior programs won’t be impacted by the possible tuition hike. Additionally, the governor's office says the increases would help generate revenue for the state’s higher education systems in light of increasing costs.

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According to Governor Hochul, the tuition increases would also lend aid in “prioritizing the evolving needs of students, ensuring academic excellence, and continuing to maintain low-cost and stable tuition rates for in-state residents.”

Hochul said she also wants to help graduating high school seniors gain admission to their local community colleges by having the SUNY system work with school districts so that graduating seniors are automatically accepted at community colleges as a way to remove the barriers that hold them back from seeking out higher education.

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