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Local college students go to Albany, ask lawmakers to improve college affordability

Posted at 10:42 AM, Feb 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 10:42:03-05

The growing cost of higher education sent a group of local college students on a crusade to the state capital Monday.

Students from various colleges throughout Western New York headed to Albany for New York State Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day on Tuesday. Students will tell lawmakers what state financial aid means to them.

"College has of course gotten extremely expensive in the past several decades," said Jeffrey Spencer, a student at Canisius College. "I think we as a society need to be intentional about subsidizing and supporting education for our young people. And I think this program is an important way in which we do that."

The students will ask state lawmakers to continue their support of helping New York students afford college by improving the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and other opportunity programs.