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State aid to college students on the chopping block

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Governor Paterson is proposing cuts to financial aid that could take millions of dollars in tuition money off the table for New Yorkers getting ready to attend college. Bill Short, at St. Lawrence University, is director of the school's Higher Education Opportunity Program, one of the state plans that could see a 6% cut in state funding. He tells Jonathan Brown this would reverse years of investing in the education of native New Yorkers, and it comes at a bad time for students.

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By the numbers:

How much Governor Paterson's proposed budget cuts could take away from state financial-aid programs (source: New York's Commission for Independent Colleges and Universities):

Tuitition Assistance Program (TAP): $29 million
Bundy Aid (for private schools): $1.89 million
Higher Education Opportunity Program: $1.23 million
College Science and Technology Entry Program: $534,000
Aid for Part-Time Study: $474,000
Liberty Partnerships: $354,000

Approximately three percent of the New York State budget goes to continuing education financial-aid programs. Of that three percent:

11% goes to private institutions
89% goes to public colleges and universities

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