Daemen College Students Meet WNY Lawmakers in Albany for Student Aid Alliance Day
Daemen College Students Meet WNY Legislators in Albany During New York Student Aid Alliance Day
January 31, 2011
Contact: Mike Andrei
Students from Daemen College joined students from Hilbert College and Medaille College on a chartered bus February 7, traveling to Albany to participate in New York Student Aid Alliance Day Tuesday, February 8.
Participating Daemen students will be Mitchell Altman-Cosgrove, a Political Science major, Class of '13; Kirsten Sharp, an International Business major, Class of '13; Heather Prinsen, a Business Administration/ Human Resource Management major, Class of '12; and Dickon Johnson, a Childhood/Special Education (1-6) major, Class of '12. The Daemen student group was able to meet with several Western New York lawmakers:
Schedule of Legislative Visits
Student Advocacy Day, February 8, 2011
Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (Institution District Representative)
Daemen College students will be sharing appointment with students from Canisius College. The Senator’s office accommodated all students from both institutions.
Senator Timothy M. Kennedy (Senate Higher Education Committee)
Senator Kennedy accommodated all 6 Daemen students, will be meeting with an available staff member.
Assemblyman Daniel J. Burling (Assembly Ways and Means Committee, Western Region)
Assemblyman Burling accommodated all 6 students
Among the priorities for Student Aid Alliance Day 2011 will be Tuition Assistance Program (TAP); Graduate TAP; Scholarships for Academic Excellence; Direct Institutional (Bundy) Aid; Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program; Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP); Liberty Partnerships Program; and the New York Higher Education Loan Program (NYHELPs).
The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), New York State’s largest tuition aid program, is a significant factor for many students who wish to attend college. For Daemen College, TAP provides opportunity for students who would otherwise not be able to enroll in higher education. Over 900 students receive TAP assistance at Daemen, with an average award of nearly $3,000. These and other student aid programs are critical if students from modest income levels are to have the opportunity of a college education.
In addition, New York Student Aid Alliance Day builds support for New York’s independent higher education institutions by promoting funding college and university research, which generates economic development; and creating a matching grant program for independent colleges and universities for energy efficiency and conservation.
Advocates for independent colleges and universities in New York State can take action and support the Student Aid Alliance and protect State financial aid by communicating with their elected officials: http://capwiz.com/cicu/home/ .