availability of tuition assistance funds uncertain beyond fall semester

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)- State Assembly members and education officials gathered Tuesday to discuss how the state’s financial woes could affect tuition assistance programs. New York State Higher Education Services (HESC) told state Assembly members that while Fall 2020 semester tuition assistance programs like the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Excelsior Scholarship were unaffected for approved recipients, awards for the Spring 2021 semester are undetermined.

HESC told News10 new applications were on hold for the Excelsior Scholarship at the end of July. At that time the Division of the Budget said students might see a reduction in their awards.

Priority for the spring semester will be given to students already receiving awards in accordance with state tuition assistance legislation, says HESC Executive Vice President, Elsa Magee. She says HESC is currently focused on processing fall semester awards and is awaiting guidance from the state before looking ahead to the spring semester.

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