FARMINGDALE - Officials say State University of New York (SUNY) schools will be forced to get more competitive or face the possibility of losing out on state aid.

The plan that was laid out by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher today means that campuses would be able to compete for a share of state aid based on student performance in select areas, such as research awards, or graduation and retention rates.

"I think the chancellor has done a great job unifying the system, laying out plans and letting us perform in ways that can be measured," says Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen.

SUNY schools that don't perform well could lose out on state aid and may be forced to consider tuition increases to make up for the difference.

The system would begin in the 2011-12 academic year and likely take several years to fully phase in for the 64 campuses.