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Fiscal 2017 City Budget Campaign


The New York City Council is currently reviewing Mayor DeBlasio’s proposed Fiscal 2017 Executive Budget which continues record investments through the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) at CUNY community colleges. We need your help, however, to advocate needed support for educational programs and campus facility improvements. There are several CUNY programs that need City Council support. These include:

  • Restoring the New York City Council Merit Scholarship
  • Restoring and enhancing Citizenship Now program
  • Supporting CUNY Institutes
  • Continuing investments in capital improvements for community colleges
  • Restoring and enhancing Creative Arts Team programs that serve at-risk students

Please take a moment and view the Fiscal 2017 CUNY Budget Priorities in detail and send your letter today to the City Council or your City Council Member and ask them to include these key initiatives, essential to student college success, as part of the Adopted Budget.


2016 Advocacy Letter for NYC Council


FY2017 City Executive Budget Analysis

2016-17 City Executive Budget Priorities (Green Sheet)

Chancellor James B. Milliken Budget Hearing Testimony


State Campaign 2016


Thank you for the tremendous support we received this year! Listed below are the some of the important aspects of the 2016-2017 enacted New York State budget:

  1. An increase of $21.3 million to Senior Colleges
  2. An increase of $17.3 million for community colleges
  3. The proposed funding shift of $485 million to New York City did not happen
  4. Collective bargaining costs were NOT included
  5. A renewal of the 5 year predictable tuition policy was NOT included.
  6. An increase of 4,7 million to SEEK and $225,000 for College Discovery
  7. An additional $9.3 million in community college base aid
  8. ASAP and childcare were restored to 2016 levels.
  9. An additional $143 million for critical maintenance at the Senior Colleges and $61.6 for the community colleges to match funding from the City.
  10. An additional $55 million for the CUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program

You may view the full budget analysis in the documents below.

2016-2017 Enacted Budget Analysis


Open Letter from CUNY College Foundation Leaders in New York Times

Open Letter from CUNY College Foundation Leaders in Daily News

Open Letter from CUNY College Foundation Leaders in New York Post