Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today called on Gov. Cuomo to keep funding for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) separate from the DREAM Act, a proposal to use taxpayer dollars to provide tuition assistance to illegal aliens. McLaughlin emphasized the large number of college students who rely on TAP to afford college and said linking one to the other, jeopardizes the affordability of college education for New Yorkers.
“Hundreds of thousands of students receive TAP funding each year, and Gov. Cuomo should not be toying with their chance at a college degree for his own political agenda,” said McLaughlin. “At a time when the average student loan debt for New Yorkers is over $25,000, it is insulting to consider eliminating this aid. Furthermore, it would be wrong to allow illegal aliens access to taxpayer-funded college assistance when legal citizens and their families are struggling to make ends meet while trying to afford tuition.”
McLaughlin’s comments come after Gov. Cuomo recently issued 30-day amendments that link passage of TAP funding to passage of the DREAM Act. The average TAP award per student is $2,497. The DREAM Act was passed twice in the Assembly last year but defeated in the Senate.
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
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