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Record Numbers of CUNY Students Apply for Aid
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
New York, NY —
Officials at CUNY are reporting a 33 percent spike in students applying for financial aid this year -- that's over the same period last year. Standing outside Baruch College earlier today, Congressman Anthony Weiner said that despite additional aid in the federal stimulus package, Congress should do more.
WEINER: We need students being able to come here. We need Baruch to be able to sustain its programs. And the federal government needs to take an active role.
The 33 percent rise this year marks a sharp departure from earlier years. For the entire five-year period of 2003 to 2008, the number of financial aid applications from CUNY students went up by just 17 percent.