SUNY approves allocation of $1.4M in funding to Fredonia

Additional funds have been approved to campuses that are part of the State University of New York system. The allocation of $114 million in Direct State Tax Support across the campuses comes from the 2025 enacted New York State budget.

The funding marks, what SUNY called, a historic investment under Gov. Kathy Hochul with the combined 2023-24 and 2024-25 budgets representing the largest two-year infusion in at least five decades with an increase of $277 million in Direct State Tax Support allocated to SUNY.

Funding for the State University of New York at Fredonia totals $4.2 million over the two years and includes $1.4 million for 2025. SUNY officials pegged the increase for this year at 9.6% to the county campus.

“(This) announcement marks a historic investment in our nation-leading statewide public higher education system and will inject critical funding to support our students and faculty,” said SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr. “Governor Hochul and the State Legislature’s commitment to public higher education is clear in this year’s budget. As a result, SUNY has been able to allocate the significant resources our campuses deserve so that we can retain and attract stellar faculty, enroll the largest class of students in a decade, increase paid internships, and expand our research capabilities.”

Thursday’s resolution maintains last year’s investments and the progress that has been generated using the $114 million in increased funding. This amount:

— Provides $102 million to support SUNY faculty and staff, contributing support for salary increases reflected in recent collective bargaining agreements

— Provides $4.5 million for additional student internship experiences to improve student success and the student experience, bringing the two-year total to more than $14 million

— Allocates $4 million to support faculty and student researchers

— Continues to reduce mandatory fees for graduate student workers with an additional $3 million, bringing the two-year total to $6 million.

In the meantime, United University Professions President Frederick E. Kowal said the allocation plan sends the lion’s share of funding to the financially secure university centers and doles out what’s left to the rest of the campuses — including those dealing with multimillion-dollar deficits.

Some of those campuses, including SUNY Fredonia, have announced program and staff cuts to reduce a deficit of $17 million. “The chancellor and the Trustees have again refused to do the right thing by not allocating state funding to our campuses based on need,” Kowal said. “It’s unconscionable and it ignores nearly two decades of SUNY underfunding under the Cuomo administration.”


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