NY state approves plan for free college tuition

Getty ImagesGov. Andrew Cuomo

Dubbed the Excelsior Scholarship, it will provide free tuition at schools in the State University of ny and City University of ny systems if an undergraduate student's family makes less than $100,000 annually.

Starting this fall, undergraduate students who attend a state university or a will be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship if their families earn no more than US$100,000 a year.

There's a big string attached to New York's free middle-class college tuition initiative: Students must stay in the state after graduation or else pay back the benefit.

Who pays for the free-tuition program?

"College was a worry for me", said Samiyah Ali, an incoming freshman at CCNY. Private schools that participate in the new financial assistance program for private schools would have to match that funding and promise not to raise the student's tuition during their enrollment.

"With this budget, NY has the nation's first accessible college program". There are no caps on the amount of residents who can receive full tuition.

It makes you really wonder, other countries offer free healthcare, free college education and more to make sure it's citizens are in the best conditions possible. "That's the only way you can really better society and raise the standards of the community".

Kudos to NY for deciding its citizens matter, now if we can only get the rest of the United States to catch up.

Could students lose the scholarship?

An income cap will be raised to $110,000 in 2018 and will lift to $125,000 in 2019.

People Stokes of appeared with the Governor, speaking in high support of the tuition program, noting it will breaking open new opportunities for students.

"The Excelsior program that provides free tuition in SUNY and CUNY schools in the State of NY is off the chain!" shouted Crystal People Stokes, State Assembly woman from Buffalo.

"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.

"I think it's really interesting. I hope it works out well", he said. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said some 940,000 families will qualify.

Evan Tirsun, a senior business administration major, wishes this plan came into effect when he first started college. Clinton served as one of New York's U.S senators from 2001 to 2009.