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Barton Quoted on TAP Proposal

Anne Barton, associate director of financial aid, was quoted in an article titled “College officials oppose TAP plan” from the Feb. 11 Finger Lakes Times. The article describes area college officials' concern that Gov. Pataki's proposal to revamp how TAP funds are awarded will hurt their students who need the money the most. Pataki proposed late last month withholding the last third of a student's Tuition Assistance Program grant until after graduation to encourage students to finish their education. Barton she said the proposal will impose a difficulty on the highest-need students, and because they are no longer in college, students' final TAP awards would be taxable income. Explaining that there are already academic requirements to receive TAP funding, she said she doesn't think Pataki's proposal will motivate more students to graduate.