As we enter the new year, we thought we’d share some of the SUNY news you may have missed during 2012.
In September, SUNY launched the “SUNY Smart Track Campaign” – an innovative new model combining several tools to combat student debt through educating students and families on the cost of college and how financial aid works.
This new initiative is the most proactive and comprehensive model by any university system in the nation meant to address the dual concerns of crushing student debt and lack of transparency in college costs and financial aid. It combines 5 tools and services to meet student financial service needs:
The Smart Track Campaign was passed by the Board of Trustees in a resolution. It will be carried out this academic year through six pilot institutions – UAlbany, SUNY Fredonia, Niagara County Community College, Purchase College, Schenectady County Community College, and SUNY Ulster – with a charge for all 64 campuses to adopt this model for Fall 2013.
The launch of the Smart Track Campaign came on the heels of Chancellor Zimpher meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden to announce the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet initiative.
Emily Schwartz is the Coordinator of Open SUNY Communication and Projects.