New York Will Offer Free Tuition (with some restrictions)

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In a historic move, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a deal that will make tuition free at the City University of New York (CUNY) and the State University of New York (SUNY), for families with annual incomes up to $125,000. The program called The Excelsior Scholarship has been hailed as a breakthrough and a model for other states "that will change the lives of students at public colleges across the state." The governor's office estimates that nearly 940,000 families in New York State will be eligible for free public college tuition when the plan is fully phased in.  

But the program has raised many controversies. The New York Times published that the program will primarily benefit traditional students, despite many of the state’s college students are not. Most of them attend part time and take extra years to earn their degrees, so the scholarship will not applied to them.

Also, Inside Higher Ed highlights that a last-minute addition to the bill is alarming some experts. "The agreement requires those who receive free tuition to live and work in the state for the same number of years that they receive the awards." If they don't, the scholarships would convert to student loans. 

Source: Inside Higher Ed