Will free college offer catch fire? NY details raise doubts

New York City. Following a state budget approval on Sunday New York will be the first state to make public colleges and universities fre

New York City. Following a state budget approval on Sunday New York will be the first state to make public colleges and universities fre

One option that didn't exist when he graduated from high school last spring is the Excelsior Scholarship, which will provide free tuition for students at New York's public colleges and universities.

New York's plan would cover in-state public college tuition for full-time students whose families earn $125,000 or less, a benefit that could extend to 32,000 students a year.

Getting in and out in two or four years is vitally important. "A great step for progressives".

This weekend, lawmakers approved Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan for the Excelsior Scholarship, a tuition-free plan paid for by taxpayers and possibly higher tuition fees for those not eligible for the free ride. In 2017 this is the vast, vast majority of all students, especially poorer students. That conclusion took into consideration their finding that it takes longer, on average, for students to graduate from public colleges, so they forgo more in potential earnings.

"Governor Cuomo's Excelsior Scholarship program will foster increased investment in the very knowledge and skills required to support New York's dynamic and evolving economy", Rogers said. But low-income students often must interrupt their studies to work. If you don't, the scholarship will become a student loan you must pay back to the state. Even at its four-year colleges, 60 percent would be ineligible. It would do this by providing enough state grant aid to offset tuition costs after other aid such as Pell Grants has been taken into account.

Bruce Johnstone, a former SUNY chancellor, cautioned against raising expectations too much.

"We would have approximately 1,500 students that would have qualified between fall and spring to the tune of close to $5 million", said Tramuta.

"If you were to read the Times editorial, my father wouldn't be governor, I wouldn't be governor once, let alone re-elected", Cuomo said. "I'd have to see who was in the race, but right now whoever's in would have some catching up to do". Perhaps the new program should reserve funds to help impoverished students cover the extra costs of college, which can be a big determinant of whether they succeed or fail. "A grant should be a grant, not a loan with an escape clause". Im one of those who left, saying goodbye to NY and Governor Cuomo in 2013 after 15 years in the state.

"By providing tuition-free college to thousands of middle-class New Yorkers, we are restoring the promise of the American Dream for the next generation and forging a bold path forward of access and opportunity for the rest of the nation to follow", Cuomo said through a press release.

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Senate Republicans also advocated for other additions to the Excelsior Scholarship, including a requirement that students complete at least 30 credit hours in an academic year and maintain an adequate grade point average.

NANCY L. Zimpher, SUNY's departing chancellor, said the program's emphasis on expanding eligibility was "innovative" and could be a "breakthrough".

Fatiga also said she has mixed feelings about the program. "I think we need to give this a shot". A true guarantee of debt-free public college would mean a student could pay for all college expenses by working a part-time job, Draut said. This will be expanded to include students with a household income of up to $125,000 by 2019.

"It would just be a lot simpler to get rid of tuition", he said.

For someone who went to community college, it means they'll have to remain in NY for two years.

Its not clear that Mr. Cuomos plan for a scholarship clawback is even constitutional. Bernie Sanders appear onstage together during an event at New York's LaGuardia Community College. Cuomo continued "The concept of investing in you and your education is that you're going to stay here and be an asset to the state".

In a conference call on Tuesday, Mujica and Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo's chief of staff, expressed confidence that the program would increase graduation rates. Unlike other proposals, after graduating participants must live and work in the state for the same number of years as they received the scholarship.

"This is something we are proud of", DeRosa said. Students also have to be enrolled full time. Cuomo made the announcement in Lake Placid. It would be up to state officials to set the tuition percentages that apply to each type of institution, but the reality is that the higher the percentage of income used to pay tuition, the less that the state would need to provide to subsidize the difference in what is spent by institutions and what is charged to students.

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