This shouldn’t come as a surprise:

Part of New York Gov. David Paterson’s plan to deal with the state’s $3 billion budget deficit could be a big blow to higher education.

Paterson’s two year-plan would cut $90 million from the State University of New York and $53 million from the small City University of New York. Students on financial aid would see their grants from the Tuition Assistance Program reduced by $120.

School officials say the cuts are counterproductive because SUNY hasn’t seen financial growth in ten years.

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.