Archive for February, 2013

SUNY Canton to Implement Standardized Financial Aid Award Letter

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton will adopt a new, standardized Financial Aid Award Letter alongside the State University of New York this fall.

All of the SUNY system’s 64 campuses will use the letter for the 2013-2014 academic year, as part of the SUNY Smart Track™ campaign, which promotes transparency in college financing.

The new award letter will allow students and their families to see clearly the cost of attendance and financial aid offerings at each campus, including campus-specific information such as graduation rate, median borrowing and loan default rate. SUNY is the first and largest public system of higher education nationally to implement such a tool for students and families.

“Students can expect to see the new letter as early as April,” said SUNY Canton’s Director of Financial Aid Kerrie L. Cooper. “It will really help students and their families compare colleges and help them in the decision process.”

Cooper serves on the committee of financial aid directors who helped SUNY develop the standardized letter. “It is exceptionally important that the financial aid process be as open and transparent as possible,” she added.

Development of the standard financial aid award letter was first announced when SUNY launched its Smart Track™ campaign in September. With the launch, SUNY adopted the concept of transparency of financial aid and college costs and the system began offering students the most proactive, comprehensive financial aid information and services in the country.

“While college students across the country are taking on more loan debt than ever before, SUNY Smart Track™ gives our prospective students the most comprehensive and transparent financial aid information available so that they can make informed decisions about how to pay for their college education,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The standard award letter will allow prospective students and their families to easily compare colleges within SUNY and view a full outline of the financial commitment associated with their education.”

More recently, in the 2013 State of the University Address, Chancellor Zimpher announced that SUNY Smart Track™ would contribute to a wider system-wide goal of decreasing the loan default rate of SUNY students by at least five percent over the next five years.

The average indebtedness of a SUNY graduate is $22,575, well below the national average of $26,600. The vast majority of SUNY student loan borrowers repay their loans successfully.

The SUNY Smart Track™ Award Letter was developed by a committee of campus Financial Aid Directors, and others, who were tasked with adopting the intent of the federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet while creating a unique version for SUNY. Additionally, the campaign calls for an expansion of SUNY’s Student Loan Service Center, early engagement of students at risk of default, and providing new and improved online resources such as a net price calculator, chats with financial aid experts, and financial literacy materials.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

 

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Tax Preparation Assistance Available through April 4 at SUNY Canton

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton Accounting students are volunteering to help qualifying individuals and families file their taxes for free.

Several students are offering free tax preparation assistance as part of their Accounting coursework on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until April 4 in Cook Hall Room 116. Appointments are strongly encouraged.

Students from the College work with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to increase their own tax preparation skills and to teach community members how to correctly file their own personal taxes in the future. The Internal Revenue Service sponsors the VITA program. Although this service is free and open to the public, the qualifying income bracket for participants is a gross income below $49,000, according to the IRS.

For more information, contact Accounting Instructor Bei Huang at huangb@canton.edu.To schedule an appointment, call (315) 386-7979.

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Canton College Foundation Establishes Scholarship for Hospital

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

In response to the Canton-Potsdam Hospital Foundation’s “Constructing Healthier Communities” campaign, the Canton College Foundation has established a $25,000 scholarship fund to assist graduate nurses employed at the Hospital.  The fund will provide scholarships for the next five years, to Hospital employees who already have their two-year RN degree, and are pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

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Shown here, front row left to right: Tammy Sykes, RN; Carli Schiffner, Interim President, SUNY Canton; David Acker, Hospital President and CEO; and TerriAnn Crump, RN.
Back row left to right: Adam Bullock, RN,BSN, MSN; and David Gerlach, Vice President for Advancement at SUNY Canton.

“We have many excellent nurses on staff who are graduates of SUNY Canton’s RN program,” noted Hospital President and CEO David B. Acker.  “As the nursing profession has advanced, new standards of care require advanced training.  SUNY Canton’s online graduate nursing program is a perfect fit for our staff, enabling them to pursue their degree while working.”

The first two scholarship recipients are Tammy Sykes, Nurse Manager in the Hospital’s Emergency Department; and TerriAnn Crump, nurse in inpatient Chemical Dependency Rehab. Both nurses received their RN training at SUNY Canton.

With the Canton College Foundation’s commitment, gifts, grants and pledges to the Hospital Foundation’s “Constructing Healthier Communities” campaign have topped $3 million.  “We are gratified that we found such meaningful way to be a part of the Hospital’s campaign,” noted SUNY Canton Vice President for Advancement David Gerlach.  “This is just one more example of how our two institutions can partner creatively.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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