Drastic Changes for CUNY Students as Tuition Rises

By Valerie Garofalo

The idea for CUNY schools is to offer affordable college prices for the minority population and New York City citizens. But what happens when CUNY decides to raise tuition to front its budgetary problems?

Most students struggle to pay the CUNY tuition as of now but when they rise next semester, this leaves students to take out student loans leading to debt after graduation.

“Tuition prices are not what they were when I first came (CUNY school)” said former CUNY student Angelica Colon. “This puts lot of burden on the students” … “It really only benefits CUNY not the students.”

The CUNY system is said to need money to budget its universities and to continue to progress so they want to charge students even more.

But students and staff can think of alternatives to reduce the budget deficit.

Karla Soto, CUNY staff member says

“I think they should find other areas to get their budget instead to raising tuition prices.”

Others thought that the CUNY system needs to remain affordable and needs to be considerate to the large population.

The majority of low-income high school graduates rely on CUNY schools for their affordable prices and great education, but these new changes leads students to look for other ways to afford college since “CUNY is the cheapest way to go”.

Future CUNY student Darly Lara says, “Tuition shouldn’t rise cause I’m broke already since financial aid doesn’t give you that much either,” Lara also says “Scholarships are hard to get leaving me with no options”.

“It sucks,” said Elle Cowen, current CUNY student “Because prices are rising I can’t afford to take extra classes in a semester to help get me into grad school”.

Charging students more per semester leaves them facing an increased financial burden. Because of these changes, students are forced to take fewer classes per semester so they can catch up financially.

Many of the students say they are going to have to switch to part-time status and try to balance more than one job along with studying.

According to Prof. David Gantz, Director of College Now says “Statistics show that New York City students hardly graduate college within four to six years”. With the tuition change it is going to take students even longer to graduate, as they will be able to afford to take fewer classes per semester or will have to incur student loans and debt – every student’s nightmare. Imagine graduating college and being stuck with loans to pay off for years, in an economic climate in which getting jobs is harder than ever.


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