David Chanatry / New York Reporting Project at Utica College

While the cost of a higher education has continued to rise across the United States, one small private college in central NY is attempting to buck that trend.

The affordability of college education has come under increased scrutiny from lawmakers and parents alike. Utica College President Todd Hutton announced plans yesterday to help change that.

“It gives me great honor to share with you that beginning in the fall of 2016, Utica College will reset its published price of tuition and fees from $35,514 to under $20,000," Hutton said.

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Onondaga Community College is joining forces with St. John Fisher College in Rochester to offer students a "two-plus-two" partnership agreement.  That means students spend their first two years at OCC, then transfer to Fisher to get their degree.

Schumer defends lower student loan rates

Apr 17, 2012

Federal Stafford Loans allow students to defer student loan payments while attending school full-time. Although current interest rates hold at 3.4%, they are set to double on July 1st as a result of the expiration of the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act.

Speaking on the steps of Syracuse University on Monday, Senator Schumer pledged to put his weight behind a bill to keep student loans at their current rate for another year.

"It is now a greater burden than almost any other lending burden around," Schumer said. "For the federal goverment to charge 6.8 percent at a time when interest rates are so low, is almost highway robbery."