Top officials at the State University of New York and the City University of New York will assess the long-term effect of "fluctuations" in student enrollment and develop plans to address it, according to provisions included in the final $229 billion budget deal. 

Both the SUNY and CUNY systems have been affected by the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to complications in their enrollment pictures at multiple campuses. 

The review will address the academic and financial sustainability of the universities, colleges and community colleges. It will address projected student enrollment, an assessment of degree credential offergins and the efforts to attract and retain students. 

A plan from the SUNY and CUNY boards of trustees will be due Jan. 1 of next year and must be submitted to the governor and top legislative leaders. 

New York lawmakers and Gov. Kathy Hochul agreed to not raise tuition at SUNY and CUNY campuses for in-state students. The budget also included additional spending for capital improvements, including renovations and maintenance, at the campuses. 

"To further enhance the world-class education students receive from SUNY, I’m especially proud of the first public endowment fund for the four University Centers, including UAlbany, for $500 million," said Assembly Higher Education Chair Pat Fahy. "Additionally, I’m thrilled to secure $3 million to help alleviate graduate student worker fees."