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CMSV Students Participate in New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day on February 7, 2012
2/6/2012 - Riverdale, N.Y. -- College of Mount Saint Vincent students will join roughly 900 high school and college students, faculty, and staff from more than 55 college and university and opportunity program groups from across New York State in Albany on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 for New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day. They will share their stories about the value of state student aid programs, including the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), Grad TAP, the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), the Science and Technology Entry programs (STEP/C-STEP), and the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP).

Lobby Day 2012CMSV students attend Lobby Day 2012 in Albany.
post-event photo update

WHEN: Tuesday, February 7, 2012
10:30 a.m. - Welcome & Remarks by Special Guests
11:15 a.m. - Student and Alumni Speak Out

WHERE:  “Well” in the Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY

WHY:   Annually, more than 370,000 students depend on state student aid programs to achieve their college aspirations. More than four million New Yorker State students have received state aid to help meet their college expenses over the past four decades.

WHO:   New York students, faculty and staff from independent (private, not-for-profit) and public colleges and universities; Opportunity Program (HEOP; STEP/C-STEP; LLP) students; financial aid and opportunity program administrators and advocates; and legislators and higher education policymakers.

ABOUT NEW YORK STUDENT AID ALLIANCE: The New York Student Aid Alliance is a coalition of New York State public and private campuses, their students and stakeholder organizations who support funding vital student aid programs for students in New York State.
Media Contacts:
Erin Walsh
Director for College Relations
(718) 405-3345

Christina Gonzalez

Assistant Director for College Relations

(718) 405-3341

About the College of Mount Saint Vincent
The College of Mount Saint Vincent is an academically excellent, authentically inclusive, Catholic and ecumenical liberal arts college. It combines a strong core curriculum with a full array of majors in the liberal arts and selected professional fields of study, including accounting, business administration, education, and nursing. Through its School of Professional and Continuing Studies, the College extends its primary undergraduate mission by offering high quality graduate studies in business, education and nursing and an array of undergraduate and certificate programs serving non-traditional students. Mount Saint Vincent is located on a pastoral campus in New York City, with easy access to all the educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities that the City affords.

About CICU
The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) represents the chief executives of New York's 100+ independent (private, not-for-profit) colleges and universities on issues of public policy. Member colleges compose the largest private sector of higher education in the world and confer most of the bachelor's degrees (54%), master's degrees (73%), and doctoral and first-professional degrees (79%) earned in New York State. CICU member campuses enroll more than 486,000 students, including nearly 300,000 New York State residents. One in three (27%) New Yorkers enrolled full time at independent colleges and universities in the state comes from a family earning less than $40,000 annually. And most (51%) African-American and Latino students who earn their bachelor's and graduate degrees in New York State are Independent Sector alumni.