A new report out this week by The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York shows that enrollment at private schools took a hit this year, in part, because of New York’s Excelsior Scholarship.
The scholarship offers free SUNY tuition to students from families making $100,000 or less. That requirement increases to $110,000 next year to help more students.
30 private institutions across New York reported that their enrollments were hit by around 5 percent.
At Le Moyne College, the current freshman class has 75 less New York State-native students than last year’s freshman class.
College President Linda LeMura says her team has had to focus more on attracting students from other states to fill the gap.
Le Moyne College is also introducing its “Promise NY” scholarship, which offers students from New York $10,000 across four years in tuition help. That’s on top of other scholarships and aid.
President LeMura says Le Moyne’s program goes further in that it there are not strings attached, like the requirement to live in New York State afterward. Le Moyne also guarantees graduates a job interview, using the college’s alumni network.
Le Moyne has seen a lot of interest in its Promise NY program, saying its website has gotten 22,000 visitors in the last couple of weeks.