Medaille Students Sound Off on Governor’s Tuition Proposal


Medaille students Petrina Sciandra, Kayla Betacchini, Alex Clark, Heather Kornowski, Allie Cicero and Sarah Carpenter during their visit to Albany for New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day.

Medaille College students continue to voice opposition to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship Program, which aims to provide “free tuition” to students who attend SUNY and CUNY institutions. Members of Medaille’s Student Government Association recently visited Albany for New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day, and spoke directly with elected officials. One of these students was Medaille senior Petrina Sciandra, and she had the chance to share her opinions in a Buffalo News feature on February 17. 

Sciandra told News reporter Jay Tokasz that she supports the idea of free tuition. However, Tokasz writes, Sciandra “said it would be a shame if it came at the expense of a private institution like Medaille, where she studies business administration.”

As Sciandra explained, Medaille’s small class sizes helped her develop a close relationship with her professors. This resulted in classroom success.

“[Medaille’s class sizes] are great for students that can’t learn in a bigger setting,” she told The News. “This is very important for some students.”

Sciandra believes “it’s only fair for students to have the option of using financial aid from the state at either a public or a private college.”

To join with Sciandra and let your elected officials know you stand with New York’s private colleges, visit www.limitlesslearningny.org/take-action now. Enter some brief information, including your name and address, and a letter will be sent to your elected officials.

Pictured: Medaille students Petrina Sciandra, Kayla Betacchini, Alex Clark, Heather Kornowski, Allie Cicero and Sarah Carpenter during their visit to Albany for New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day.

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