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New York lawmakers approve free middle class college tuition

Governor Cuomo hopes that this will be a groundbreaking development in affordable college legislation on the state level. In addition, students must remain in NY after graduation for the same number of years they received the funding. "It's a different model", Cuomo said on his website.

Damian Cuellar is a senior at SUNY Canton and a NY state resident.

That's why free tuition will be available to NY resident students attending two-year community colleges and four-year institutions throughout the state.

"If Skoufis thinks 80% of all NY families is too few students, he should go back to school himself and take a remedial math course", Azzopardi said.

The Excelsior Scholarship will be rolled out over a three-year period.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed the idea in January, and this week he praised the legislature for making it a reality. This effort is part of the Democratic Party's growing effort to make obtaining a college degree-something that is quickly becoming a necessity-as accessible as possible.

The scholarship would be open to California State University and University of California students and for the first year of community colleges.

For New Yorkers whose families make less than $125,000 a year, the state is preparing to pick up the tab for a college education.

These costs will be fully covered for students whose families meet the income eligibility requirements. The income cap will lift to $110,000 next year and will reach $125,000 in 2019.

While the Excelsior Scholarship will cover tuition costs, there are other educational costs that families will still need to cover. They will still be responsible for other expenses related their education such as room and board if they live on campus.

Students who receive the scholarship are required to enroll full-time, take an average of 30 credits per year, maintain the necessary GPA to stay in school and graduate on time.

If they do not stay in the state, the scholarship is immediately converted to a loan.

It's still unclear exactly how much the Excelsior Scholarship program will cost.

The state of NY now has the only universal program with the only requirements being residency, income. Previously, Tennessee and OR created programs that made community college tuition-free - Tennessee's initiative in particular inspired former President Obama's free community college plan.

In New York the cost of the tuition plan, which is an estimates 163 million, has been worked into the state budget.


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