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Cost of SAT Prep Courses Lowered for Buffalo Students

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – US Senator Hillary Clinton was in Buffalo Monday for two separate fund raisers for her Senate campaign. But in between those political events, Clinton took time out to announce a new education initiative Buffalo city schools.

Clinton says the program is an effort to make SAT and ACT review courses affordable for all Buffalo public school students. She has teamed with the Princeton Review and State Senator Byron Brown to make it happen. Princeton has agreed to lower the cost of the study review programs from about $1,000 to $350. Plus, a scholarship program will be established to help cover the full costs for students who cannot afford the reduced rates. Clinton says this will give city students an academic edge.

"We are determined that any student with the aspiration to go to college is going to have the best possible preparation in order to be competitive," Clinton said. We are going to make this affordable for everyone."

Clinton also blasted the Bush Administration for proposed cuts to what she calls critical higher education programs. She will introduce co-sponsored legislation that, if approved, would force the US Education Department to give rebates to every student who loses aid under the Bush cuts.

"I'm very discouraged by what I see happening in Washington," Clinton said. "What is happening in Washington is an assault on funding for higher education."

Clinton says something needs to be done to help make college more affordable and accessible for students, especially for those from lower income families. She says federal financial aid has failed to keep up with rising tuition costs.