BX students may pay the price for financially strapped state, city universities

The city and state universities of New York, known as CUNY and SUNY, are in financial trouble and students may have to pay the price.

Barbara Bowen, president of the Professional Staff Congress, says students are paying almost 50 percent of operation costs and professors haven't gotten a raise in four years. Bowen adds because the salaries aren't keeping pace, schools are having trouble recruiting new faculty.

According to state data, students at CUNY?s four-year colleges paid less than $1,500 in tuition and fees in 1990. In 2003, tuition and fees have risen to $4,300 and the state subsidy per student has dropped.

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