I am a first semester freshman at Bronx Community College from The Gambia looking to study International Relations. I have four children, and my wife and I are both in school and have to work to support our family. I drive a cab as a way to earn money. I wouldn’t be able to go to school without the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), the Pell Grant and the ASAP program.
I am planning to go to a four year college and am worried because I won’t have ASAP for my bachelors. I will continue to get Pell and TAP. But if NY isn’t giving secure funding for more course offerings, it is unclear if I’ll have the courses available to ensure that I graduate on time. Since I have a family to support, there is no way I will be able to afford to pay out of pocket if I run out of financial aid. This is why I we must have a Maintenance of Effort from our state government.