Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Randall Filer

Second Advisor

Partha Deb

Academic Program Adviser

Randall Filer


In 2011, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed into law NY Senate Bill S5855 establishing the NY-SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program Act. This legislation limited year-over-year resident undergraduate tuition increases in the City University of New York (CUNY) and State University of New York (SUNY) systems to a maximum of three hundred dollars ($300) per year from the 2011/2012 school year to 2015/2016. It also mandated that increases in nonresident undergraduate tuition not exceed 10 percent over the previous year. In addition to the tuition cap, a tuition credit is provided to students whose annual resident undergraduate rate of tuition exceeds five thousand dollars. In order to evaluate the impact of this State led policy on undergraduate enrollment in New York State, the IPUMS-CPS data set for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts for the period of 2007 to 2014 was used. This study found that state imposed tuition cap and discount in New York State resulted in an increase in overall undergraduate enrollment, with a marked increase in enrollment in Private Colleges.



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