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Four Niagara University students to lobby in Albany for financial aid

Four Niagara University students will be in Albany on Tuesday to lobby state legislators on behalf of universal access to state financial aid.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's free college tuition program, the Excelsior Scholarships, applies only to public colleges, not private ones such as Niagara. Cuomo's proposed 2018-19 state budget would cut $30 million in so-called Bundy Aid the state allots to private colleges, to be passed on to students in the form of tuition assistance.

Liam Donovan of Lewiston, Joi-Alexis Johnson of Buffalo, Noah Hubbel of Greece and Mary McCormick of Avon are participating in the New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day, an annual initiative coordinated by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities.

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