Help Stop TAP Cuts

Governor David Paterson recently announced his proposed 2010 budget, which includes a $71 million reduction in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). More than 60 percent of St. Joseph’s College students are TAP award recipients, which means many of our students are at risk of losing their financial aid. If these proposed cuts pass, many income-qualified students who receive TAP aid may not be able to attend St. Joseph’s next year.

There’s still time to stop this. The Office of Institutional Advancement will be hosting two E-Advocacy events on its Long Island Campus — the first on Tuesday, February 2 at the main entrance of O’Connor Hall and the second on Wednesday, February 3 in the cafeteria — where students will be encouraged to e-mail their legislators and express their support of student aid funding, especially in the middle of a recession. If students are unable to participate in these events, they can visit www.capwiz.com/cicu/home and send a letter of support from home.

Please contact Michael Banach with any questions at 718.940.5584 or e-mail mbanach@sjcny.edu.