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Suffolk County students lobby Albany for community college aid

The Ammerman campus in Selden is one of

The Ammerman campus in Selden is one of the campuses of Suffolk County Community College. This is on Feb. 2, 2014. Photo Credit: James Carbone

ALBANY - Two busloads of Suffolk County Community College students are lobbying Albany to fund community colleges at the level once required by law.

Community colleges were supposed to be funded in equal parts by the state, the local county or city sponsoring the college, and students. But in recent years students have shouldered more than their share because of agreements in state budgets negotiated by governors and lawmakers.

The students on Wednesday will present Tuition Affordabilty petitions signed by more than 1,000 people seeking a return to the original funding model. They will meet with the governor’s staff and legislators, said college spokesman Drew Biondo.

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