CUNY colleges have been allocated $1.5 billion in federal stimulus funds, $891 million of which is available for institutional use. Another $634 million has been allocated to CUNY for direct student aid. Yet while CUNY has distributed $118 million in student aid, The three quarterly reports on the CUNY Budget and Finance website disclose a total of only $51 million of stimulus funds spent so far on institutional expenses.
PSC members are demanding that CUNY use the federal money now: speed up payment of our 2% raise, rehire all the adjuncts laid off last year, unfreeze job searches, resume HEO reclassifications, restore class size limits, and invest in protecting the health and safety of the CUNY community on campus.
"We fought hard in the American Relief Plan to deliver billions of dollars in critical support for higher education in New York, including to CUNY, an institution I love, because it is a direct investment in a better future for millions of students -- and for America. It is vital that those funds are used to keep education affordable for students and to preserve the quality of education offered, including maintaining and restoring a full amount of the professors and instructors needed to deliver that education. When we were in the depths of the covid crisis, all entities had to tighten their belts, but now that we have delivered this much-deserved and generous aid package we should make every effort to restore operations to optimal levels," --Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
- Send a letter to the CUNY Chancellor telling him to free the funds and allow CUNY colleges to use the stimulus money to reverse the layoffs and cuts of the past year and protect our health and safety.
- Urge Brooklyn College President Michelle Anderson to #FreeTheFunds and lead with vision and hope, rather than fear and austerity.