Tuitions increase for SUNY students

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The State University of New York Board of Trustees has approved a tuition hike for the next school year.

Full-time, in-state tuition rates at SUNY Old Westbury, Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University will increase from $6,670 to $6,870 a year. Nassau Community College tuition will see a $248 increase.

The increase is part of annual tuition hikes expected through the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

"I definitely feel like it obviously hinders the access to education for many people," says Jillian Silverman, a senior at SUNY Old Westbury.

State officials say students with Excelsior scholarships -- which cover the cost of tuition for in-state students who come from families that make less than $110,000 a year -- will not be affected by the hike.

News 12 is told that 34 of the 64 colleges within the SUNY system will see tuition hikes.

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