|As students walked to their next classes at Hudson Valley Community College Wednesday afternoon, their President happily considered how he'll spend new state funding for their education.
"It will go towards faculty, it will help us particularly in the classroom that's where a large majority of our budgets go," said Drew Matonak, HVCC President.
State Lawmakers set aside money in their budget to give the State's community colleges a big boost, increaing state aid by a total of $39.1-million-dollars to SUNY and CUNY community colleges.
That works out to an extra $150 per full time student. It's news that HVCC co-ed Mikel Nicholas of Troy said comes at a good time.
"College is expensive and this is a cheap school so people who can't afford it still need help. Everyone needs help," he said.
Higher enrollment is one reason state aid is on the rise, up 48-percent at HVCC just in the last decade.