NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- A number of SUNY school presidents and other officials are pushing for state legislators to put together a new investment fund for the university system.

Presidents of several Hudson Valley colleges gathered at SUNY New Paltz to increase awareness about the opportunity to invest in the future of schools.

The group is asking state lawmakers to continue the rational tuition policy, which increases tuition for in-state students by $300 every year.

They are also calling for more support from tax payers.  

"We have invested, as I indicated, very heavily in more faculty positions, veterans services coordinator, student support positions. And our whole goal is very clearly focused on increasing student success, student learning, enhanced graduation rates," said SUNY New Paltz president Donald Christian.   

The SUNY system serves 3 million New Yorkers and generates $21 billion for the state every year.