Independent Higher Education Federal and State Budgetary and Legislative Priorities:
As a private, independent, four-year college, The College of New Rochelle supports advocacy efforts on the federal level and on the state level that promote quality, access and affordability in independent higher education. Approximately 84% of our students have family incomes under $40,000. Over 80% of our total student body receives government aid; on our New York City campuses that number is almost 100%.
The College of New Rochelle seeks the support of public officials for the following federal-level initiatives:
- Increase the Pell Grant maximum – CNR students receive almost $13 million in Pell Grants but CNR must still supplement this aid with institutional funds.
- Keep and increase campus-based aid (Perkins Loans, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants and Federal Work Study) – Funding for these programs is spread among an increasing number of eligible institutions. CNR students receive almost $2 million from these programs. The federal government has contributed no new funds to Perkins for the past six years, and CNR has funded this low-interest loan program (over $500,000 this year alone).
- Improve federal student loans by increasing Stafford Loan limits, providing more flexible repayment options and implementing loan forgiveness programs for those who choose lower-paying, high-need jobs such as teaching and nursing in low-income areas.
- Support funding for science and math education, teacher education and nursing education initiatives.
- Allow independent higher education to maintain its current, proven system of accreditation, peer review and accountability without undue, unfunded federal mandates.
The College of New Rochelle seeks the support of public officials for the following state-level initiatives:
- Keep Direct Institutional (“Bundy”) Aid – CNR recently received an annual award of almost $500,000 in Bundy funds, which was a decrease from the previous year when CNR received over $550,000. Bundy funds are used for student financial assistance.
- Keep Current Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Regulations and Funding Level– CNR students receive about $8.6 million in TAP funds. Proposed changes to TAP including requirement for 15 credits minimum to receive TAP would have a negative impact on nontraditional students who are working and pursuing higher education.
- Support the implementation and funding of the NY HELPS student loan program, which provides low interest loans to college students.
- Support legislation and funding for nursing scholarships (particularly the High Need Nursing Program), loan forgiveness and grants for student recruitment, retention and expansion of nursing programs.
The College of New Rochelle Institutional Funding Priorities:
Promoting Careers in Nursing, Science, Math and Education
The College of New Rochelle has been at the forefront of efforts to improve nursing education, to help meet the national nursing shortage and to provide preventative health education in local communities. CNR is also a leader in preparing tomorrow’s teachers to meet the challenges of educating diverse populations. In addition, CNR recognizes the importance of providing all students with a solid foundation in science and mathematics in order to keep our nation competitive and to give students enhanced academic and career options. Funds are requested so that CNR can renovate aging academic facilities, creating approximately 50 jobs, and making the facilities more energy efficient. These facilities will provide an up-to-date learning environment with much needed laboratory and technological equipment for CNR students, many of whom are first generation college students. CNR will provide critical workforce training in biomedical research, green careers, medicine, nursing, medical records information technology, and teaching. Providing a highly educated nursing workforce serving low income residents of the NYC area, CNR is responding to the dire need for more skilled medical personnel to make health care reform work. CNR will provide science and math education to future K-12 teachers preparing to teach in shortage areas, thus meeting national needs identified by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education.
Providing Access to Higher Education and Technology Resources for Low-Income Working Adults in New York City For over 35 years, through our School of New Resources, CNR has been a pioneer in the New York City area and nationally in providing access to college for low-income adult students. Access Centers at each New York City campus provide students with communication skills, problem-solving skills, mathematical skills and technological literacy. Access Center services are available to community members free of charge as they prepare to enroll at the School of New Resources. CNR seeks funds for critical academic facility renovation work at our John Cardinal O’Connor (South Bronx) and Brooklyn campuses and enhanced technology infrastructure, equipment and training at all five New York City campuses. The goal of this project is to provide adult students and their instructors with improved technology equipment, faster and better access to web-based resources, and academic technology training. CNR will provide a full range of multimedia and Internet resources for research and other academic pursuits, as well as the appropriate technology skills training. These skills will help working adult students advance in their career positions in the New York City workforce (many of them in education, health care and other critical fields) and in their volunteer roles in their communities, and enhance their contributions to the City’s economic and community development.