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Statement Regarding Rational Tuition Policy

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Nov. 19, 2008) - SUNY Plattsburgh issued the following statement in response to the SUNY Board of Trustees approval of a Rational Tuition Policy at its Nov. 18 meeting:

"SUNY Plattsburgh supports the rational tuition plan passed Tuesday by the SUNY Board of Trustees. The board adopted a Rational Tuition Policy that would implement modest, annual and predictable increases based on the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI). Click here to learn more about HEPI.

The proposed increase is needed so the college can continue to provide students with a top-quality education. Despite it, SUNY Plattsburgh remains a highly affordable option for students, especially compared to the cost of tuition at independent and private colleges. While many of these colleges increase their tuition costs on an annual basis, the last increase in tuition for SUNY was in 2003.

Evidence of the college's affordability can be seen in the fact that, for the second year in a row, SUNY Plattsburgh has been recognized by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine as one of the top 100 values in public higher education. Kiplinger's uses a combination of metrics based on academic quality and cost to determine its rankings. Click here to learn more about this year's rankings.

There will be many twists and turns in the ongoing discussion about changes to tuition and additional cuts to the SUNY budget. The college is well positioned to deal with the crisis. Our goal is to minimize the impact of additional cuts on the fulfillment of our core mission."

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