ZIMPHER: RATIONAL TUITION PLAN UNLIKELY THIS BUDGET SEASON— POLITICO New York’s Keshia Clukey: “State University chancellor Nancy Zimpher says she doesn’t think the state’s rational tuition plan will be a priority in the 2017-18 state budget. ‘We had two budget seasons to bring it back and there wasn’t either the collective will or the political will to do that,’ Zimpher said of the plan, also known as SUNY 2020. ‘I think the governor was supportive, I think he still is supportive, but the Legislature wasn’t able to roll it over, or prioritize it, I really don’t think I’ll ever know.’
The plan allowed SUNY and CUNY schools to increase tuition by $300 a year for five years — providing for more long-range planning for students and the universities, although the idea of annual increases has been controversial. Its extension was expected to be included in the 2016-17 state budget (an election year), but was taken out and instead the budget provided an $85 million increase in funding for the SUNY and CUNY systems and froze tuition for one year.