Not many of New York’s private colleges and universities eligible for a new state tuition assistance program have decided to make the aid available to their students.
The state made public a list Monday that shows 29 out of 95 eligible private schools opted in to the Enhanced Tuition Award program, part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiative to make college more affordable.
Cornell University, Keuka College, and Wells College are the only three private schools in the Finger Lakes that agreed to participate in the program.
Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, Colgate University, Cazenovia College, Ithaca College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges were among the 66 schools that opted out of the new tuition aid program.
The program is the private school counterpart to Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship program that offers free tuition to students attending the state’s public colleges and universities.
Enhanced Tuition Awards of up to $6,000 are available for resident students enrolled in a private college in New York State.
College officials that are not participating, say their budgets for the upcoming school year were set before the program was announced and they did not plan on paying for half of program.
Here’s the full list of participating private colleges and universities:
Concordia College-New York
Helene Fuld College of Nursing
Long Island University
Metropolitan College of New York
Mount Saint Mary College
St. John’s University
St. Thomas Aquinas College
The College of Saint Rose