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Canisius College president comes down on Cuomo's free tuition plan

John J. Hurley, the president of Canisius College, emailed a letter to alumni asking them to register opposition to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s free college tuition proposal.

The letter includes a link to a website sponsored by the New York Student Aid Alliance, an advocacy group for private education, that will produce a letter to be forwarded to members of the Legislature.

Hurley stated in the letter that Cuomo’s plan “will be bad for Canisius College and all private institutions in New York and it will be bad for New York taxpayers.” He added that helping college students with tuition “is best done by increasing an existing and proven program: New York’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).”

The college’s student newspaper, The Griffin, reproduced Hurley’s letter on its Twitter page and asked for comment.

Delegations of students from Canisius and other private colleges across the state went to Albany Tuesday, to take part in New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day.

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