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New York State Proposes Free College Tuition for So Many Residents

Written by Steve Rhode

New York State Governor Cuomo and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders today proposed a first-in-the-nation program that provides free college tuition at all New York state universities.

“Under this groundbreaking proposal, more than 940,000 middle class families and individuals making up to $125,000 per year would qualify to attend college tuition-free at all public universities in New York State. The Excelsior Scholarship program will ensure that students statewide, regardless of their socio-economic status, have the opportunity to receive a quality education and gain the skills they need to succeed in our global economy.”

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New York’s tuition-free degree program, the Excelsior Scholarship, requires participating students to be enrolled at a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year college full-time.

The new initiative will be phased in over three years, beginning for New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually in the fall of 2017, increasing to $110,000 in 2018, and reaching $125,000 in 2019. – Source

As the rules for this program unfold there is bound to be fine print that will hold students accountable to complete their goal of obtaining their degree.




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1 Comment

  • I live in UPSTATE New York not the CITY. As far as I’m concerned someone (the taxpayer) will have to pay for this one way or another. All of my family paid for their own and I don’t see why others can’t. Some of the Colleges have reduced tuition probably more proportionally with actual expenses. I am done with supporting others let them get a job like we had to do and go to school at the same time.

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