Senate Bill Calls for Increased Funding, Free Tuition

HUNTER COLLEGE–New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Executive Budget Plan for the 2021 fiscal year unveiled a 35% cut in funding to CUNY schools. Decreases in funding, yearly increases in tuition and fees, student protests and understaffing have led some students and faculty at Hunter College to propose their own bill: the New Deal for CUNY.

The plan, spearheaded by the CUNY Rising Alliance, calls on the Board of Trustees to restore free tuition and increase the operating budget by $1.47 billion over the course of five years.