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BRONX TIMES REPORTER,22 AUG. 13-19, 2021 BTR
BY CATELIN BROMFIELD
The City University of New York is
the nation’s largest urban public university
system with almost six times
as many low-income students into the
middle class and beyond as all the Ivy
League schools combined. Given that
many CUNY students come from families
that were hardest hit from the pandemic,
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat,
announced on July 29, the CUNY
Comeback Program, a sweeping plan to
eliminate up to $125 million in unpaid
debt for at least 50,000 students who attended
CUNY and suffered fi nancial
hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor in announcing the
new plan said, “The COVID-19 pandemic
has caused hardships in the
lives of so many New Yorkers, and our
students were among those most impacted.
This landmark new program
eliminates millions of dollars in unpaid
debt, providing much-needed relief
to tens of thousands of CUNY students
as they work to get back on their
feet after the pandemic and plan for
Additionally, The program will be
funded through federal stimulus assistance
allocated to CUNY through the
Higher Education Emergency Relief
Fund of the Coronavirus Response and
Relief Supplemental Appropriations
Act in December 2020.
“The objective of the CUNY Comeback
Program is to remove fi nancial
barriers to access the education
New Yorkers of limited means need
to move up the economic ladder.” The
new agenda will attend to the focus of
CUNY students and recent graduates
to move ahead in pursuit of their educational
and career objectives without
the specter of unpaid tuition and fees.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on July 29,
2021, a plan to eliminate up to $125 million
in unpaid debt for at least 50,000 CUNY students
who suffered fi nancial hardships during
the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy
” Said CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos
The eligibility criteria for qualifying
students can be adjusted, as well
as the tens of thousands of students
who meet the below criteria will automatically
have their tuition and fees
eliminated in August 2021. According
to CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez.
These are the criteria to be applied:
Students determined to have hardship,
using criteria similar to what
CUNY employed to allocate federal Student
Emergency grants in spring 2020
and spring 2021.
This may also include students who
are eligible for the state Tuition Assistance
Program but did not meet eligibility
requirements for the maximum
Students who graduated from CUNY
since the national emergency was declared
on March 13, 2020, and owe any
outstanding balance from spring 2020
through spring 2021.
Students who have an outstanding
balance of $100 or less per semester, for
any of the spring 2020, summer 2020,
fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.
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