The Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) Membership Urges Lawmakers to Support S5891

Presidents and administrators from New York’s degree-granting proprietary colleges will visit Albany on Tuesday, May 9 to urge lawmakers to support bill S5891 that expands the Enhanced Tuition Assistance Program (ETA), allowing students attending these institutions to participate in ETA.

“New York’s final budget disadvantaged nearly 40,000 students attending the state’s private degree-granting proprietary colleges by not allowing them to apply for the new Enhanced Tuition Award,” said Donna Gurnett, president and CEO of APC. “Under the FY 2018 Budget, the Enhanced Tuition Award Program enables students attending private not-for-profit colleges to receive financial assistance to complete their college degree. The state’s private proprietary colleges are excluded from this program.”

Specifically, the measure S5891 before the legislature clarifies the definition of a “private college”, thus expanding ETA to include the nearly 40,000 students who choose to attend private APC institutions.

“Our membership provides quality programs with strong academics, exceptional on-time graduation rates, and enviable job placement outcomes all with the best interest of their students in mind,” said Gurnett. “In recent years, APC member colleges have either held tuition flat, instituted small tuition increases (between 1 and 1.5 percent), or decreased tuition, to keep college affordable.”

New York’s proprietary sector of higher education is regulated identically by the state Board of Regents to ensure academic integrity, placing it on par with the other higher educational sectors. According to Gurnett, the measure has been very well received by both houses of the state legislature.

“Students select APC member colleges for many reasons, such as small class size and individual attention, counseling and financial literacy training and career development,” said Gurnett. “The important takeaway is choice. Students choose to attend APC member colleges and they deserve the same opportunity to reduce their student loan debt as the students who choose to attend a SUNY, CUNY or private not-for-profit college.”


The Association of Proprietary Colleges (APC) represents 14 fully accredited, degree granting colleges operating on 25 college campuses in New York State offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. Our colleges are located across the state from Buffalo, to Long Island, Jamestown to Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Albany and the entire NYC metropolitan area. There are more than 50,000 students enrolled in proprietary colleges throughout New York State and APC member colleges serve more than 35,000 of these students.

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Members of APC include:

Berkeley College
Bryant & Stratton
The College of Westchester
Elmira Business Institute
Five Towns College
Island Drafting & Technical Institute
Jamestown Business College
LIM College
Monroe College
New York Career Institute
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Plaza College
School of Visual Arts (SVA)
The Swedish Institute