A group of students from Canisius College are headed to Albany this week to discuss the need for more tuition assistance for those who want to attend private colleges.
This is a trip Canisius students make every year, but with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Excelsior Scholarship only providing free tuition to SUNY and CUNY schools, the trip carries a little more meaning this time around.
The school is sending 10 students to participate in Student Aid Advocacy Day.
In years past, students had pushed for an increase to programs like TAP to allow New Yorkers to attend public colleges for free while still allowing students to have the option to put that money toward private education.
Now they will meet with local lawmakers to discuss the negative impact the Excelsior Scholarship can have on private colleges and push for a program that benefits both public and private schools.
"What we're really trying to get at is that there are people, actual human beings, that are benefiting from private education and that's what resonates with these legislators,” said senior Connor Rosenecker.
"We want to go there and be their voice and like Connor said, as a mass group of students there telling them that this matters to us, we hope that the legislators will take that into account when making decisions,” said senior Amelia Greenan.
Canisius is one of 70 colleges participating in this event.
The 10 students will join more than 1,000 other students from around the state.