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Stony Brook University was the latest SUNY school to parade up to the Capitol to outline its pitch for a $35 million grant available under a new program initiated by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Besides allowing Stony Brook to unveil its plans to build a new cancer-research center, it did Cuomo a favor: giving him an opportunity to publicly lay the groundwork for a tuition bump at all State University of New York campuses.
So far, Stony Brook and the University at Buffalo have pitched expansion ideas that hinge on a tuition hike. It would be a shocker if the other schools competing for the grants, Albany and Binghamton, don’t do the same.
Meanwhile, Cuomo, SUNY officials and some lawmakers are making a push for a “rational tuition” bill in the last weeks of the legislative session; it would allow a 5 percent hike each of the next five years. And it’s a bill that has picked up considerable steam in just the last two weeks.