Anne Barton, associate director of financial aid, wrote an op-ed titled “Change in TAP aid would penalize N.Y.'s low-income college students” published in the Jan. 28 Democrat and Chronicle as a response to Gov. Pataki's proposal for restructuring the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). His recommendation is to make the TAP grant program a performance based program by granting the student their full award according to current eligibility criteria, however one-third of the award would be withheld until the student graduates. Barton's contention with the governor's proposal is that it places the burden of our state financial crisis on those least able to bear it.
“The New York State Tuition Assistance Program was created to provide access to higher education for students who could not financially afford to pay for college,” said Barton. “What the governor is proposing drastically changes the purpose of this program. Those who can least afford a college education will once again be faced with the issue of whether it is feasible to enter college because of a lack of funding.”
More than 500 Hobart and William Smith Colleges students receive some aid from TAP. Barton asks individuals to help save TAP by clicking on http://econstituent.votenet.com/cicu to send messages to the elected representatives and stay up-to-date on the status of state student aid programs.