Increasing numbers of students are not graduating in the traditional four years, as the result of students changing majors, transferring institutions, or taking lesser courseloads to hold down full-time jobs. Paying for college can become a concern for students who stay longer than four years.
Anne Barton, associate director of financial aid and president of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association, said Pataki has said TAP money is wasted if students don't graduate, but she disagrees, in the story “Fewer earning degree in 4 years” in the May 9 Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.).
“A better-educated society is a better-educated society,” said Barton. “Even though they don't have the piece of paper, I truly do not believe the money was wasted.”