As you probably know by now, Governor Cuomo has proposed
a 15% reduction in funding for CSTEP and STEP for the 2017-2018
fiscal year. There is no justification for cutting funding
to programs that are among the most effective and efficient
in the state. We must respond to this proposed cut if we want
to maintain the funding we have worked hard to achieve in
the past few years.
On February 14th, APACS will hold its annual Advocacy Day
in collaboration with CICU. I ask for your support and participation
by traveling to Albany to meet with your local and legislative
leaders, and by participating in our email letter-writing
campaign. If you cannot travel to Albany on February 14th,
I ask that you meet with your local legislators in their home
APACS is calling for a 30% increase in funding for 2017-2018.
With a still robust economy the Governor has proposed new
spending on many education and other projects. It is unacceptable
to fund new untried programs at the expense of our highly
successful and nationally renowned programs. The Governor’s
proposed cuts would actually cut spending more than 15% given
the additional 14 CSTEP and 5 STEP programs that were added
during this current fiscal year.
I ask for your support and participation in the February
14th Advocacy Day, and the upcoming email letter-writing campaign.
Please contact our APACS Advocacy Day Committee members with
any questions you may have. Carlos Pulquerio and Diane Williams
are coordinating the Advocacy Day registration with the Student
Aid Alliance. Please
follow registration procedures outlined in this attachment.
Jeri O’Bryan-Losee is coordinating our email letter-writing
campaign and she will contact you shortly.
Thank you for your continued support. Our destiny is in our
Very truly yours,
Michael A. Molina
President, APACS, Inc.
Albany, NY - Students from more than 70
colleges and universities attended Student Advocacy Day to
support student and institutional aid programs that ensure
access to higher education. Student Lobby Day is sponsored
by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities
(CICU) in partnership with the Association Program Administrators
of C-STEP and STEP, and the Higher Education Opportunity Program
More than 1,000 students met with hundreds of lawmakers and
staff to seek full restoration of the Science and Technology
Entry Program (CSTEP) budget, cut by 50% in the Governor's