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From 2011, the State University of New York provides a new program that aims to make high education equally possible for everyone. They have a wide range of relations with the Government and private structures. According to the latest results of the effectiveness calculation of NY/SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program, the percent of the accepted entrants into the universities has increased. Nevertheless, there is a different situation in Private and in Public Colleges.

Analysts claim that there is a definite positive dynamic with the accepted entrants only in Private Colleges. Instead, according to the information provided by CUNY for 2014-2015, Public Colleges show even decreasing results concerning the acceptation of the future students. What does it mean? Is it the evidence of the ineffectiveness of SUNY program? We cannot say exactly. Due to SUNY base, we see that only 40 percent of students use the advantages of this program. Then, we may argue that one of the reasons of the low percentage of the accepted entrants in Public Colleges is a little number of participants in SUNY program (approximately 40 percent).

However, another reason for the low percentage of the accepted entrants in Public Colleges may be a vast number of applicants. According to the static data, there were a lot of applicants in Public College during 2011-2014. Thus, Public College should implement a more complicated system for admission, which leads to the appearance of the new requirement list. Therefore, a lot of applicants got low results. However, if to compare the average results of students who do not participate in SUNY program, and those who attend it, we will see that the latter has higher average results in Public Colleges. Thus, it shows that SUNY program during 2011-2014 led to the increasing of applicants’ percentage in Public Colleges. However, despite the fact of the active engagement of students to SUNY program grant, there are still some questions concerning Private Colleges. Why do so many students use them instead of Public Colleges? The reason is the inability of state colleges to meet the demand of the entrants. Thus, state colleges through a complex selection recruited only the representatives with high academic scores. Other entrants had the opportunity to enter one of the Private Colleges.

NYSUNY Grand Program

The average price at SUNY or CUNY public colleges is approximately 4-6 thousand. However, NY/SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program offers different discounts. For instance, if you are from a low-income family, you have a chance to get Federal Pell grant or receive some money state aid to cover the whole course price. However, it is a formal opportunity that has a low percentage of practical effectiveness. Unfortunately, it is the evidence of the low efficacy of government educational programs in their desire to make an equal opportunity to education for low- and middle-income families. Most of such applicants use a state and federal opportunity and quotas to enter Public Colleges. They can get a so-called discount TAP.

However, the pro of NY/SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program is that it allows increasing the opportunity for entrants to enter. Obviously, this program cannot replace state and federal educational programs. However, this NY/SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program aims to help all those who have not been able to use government programs as Pell or Tap or have suffered from excessive demands and place limits in state colleges.

NYSUNY College Education

Despite the efforts of the NY/SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program to ensure equal and free access to education, statistics provided by the researchers at Vanderbilt University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Institute for Research in Higher Education show that in 2016 the access to education has decreased compared to 2008. The reasons for this are primarily economic. According to the data, the average family spends about 87 percent of its income (about 60 thousand a year) on food and life. It suggests that low-income families cannot afford to pay for education without state aid at all. Despite the rather successful steps taken by the NY/SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program to reduce the cost of education in all colleges, the financial burden of the middle class is a significant threat. If such a situation continues in the future, it will lead to an even more enormous gap between the poor and the rich, and the disappearance of the middle class, and hence the reduction of the opportunities to obtain a high-quality education, which will also have serious consequences.

The NY/SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program prepared a few packs of scholarships. Many middle-income families (which have less than 125 thousand per year) can apply for the Excelsior Scholarship beginning from April 2017. It will lead to the percentage increase in discounts that will allow entering two- or four-year program in SUNY or CUNY. Thus, it will increase the chance for all students to get a free or low-priced high-quality education.

We also offer you to read a brief history of the development of the NY/SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program and its realization in life.

2012: The final stage of coordination and approval (165 million) for the optimization and procurement of new technologies for the electronic education system: equipping premises, hiring workers and so on.

2012 -2013: the first students, a test of the E-TEC, and its improvement during 2012-2017 years.

2014-2015: attracting new funds for the development of E-TEC.

2015-2016: preparation for launching the program.

2017-2018: the increase in the percentage of students (1350), the creation of new workplaces (2300), the expansion of scientific faculties (542), and the attraction of new funds for research work (1.8 billion).


To sum up, NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant has a tremendous positive general impact on the state of the education system. Of course, it has some financial difficulties and should struggle all the time with different requirements of Public and Private Colleges. However, the program promises to be successful and has to be useful for all types of families on the way to high-quality education.

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