Questions about free college tuition in NY

Questions about free college tuition in NY

The Excelsior Scholarship would grant free tuition to students whose families make less than $100,000 dollars. That means that the scholarship will be applied only after any Pell Grant and NY state Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) money is awarded.

"Right now they're saying tuition will cost $200 extra per year", she said.

Take a family making $21,000 per year.

"While I appreciate this step toward a fair education for everyone, I can't help but worry about an oversaturated job market in the future", Sheehan said. However, some low-income students must defer their studies or enroll as part-time students in order to work and, therefore, wouldn't likely qualify for the scholarship.

What does it mean, indeed - especially for current, future and prospective State University of NY at Fredonia students. The only thing the government asks is that the students stay in NY for four years after they graduate.

"I think the thing that I would say is, if this were to happen in the fall, we could have had a better sense on how it'd affect enrollment, but with it happening now, and that National Confirmation Day for colleges and universities being May 1, many students have already confirmed, or are planning to confirm, with an institution", said Howard. Even Georgia's successful Hope Scholarship program had this unintended effect, widening the college attendance gap between white and black and rich and poor.

Besides for the victory of free tuition, Cohen promised students that SUNY SA will continue to develop "a comprehensive platform and a powerful grassroots campaign to make sure that public higher education is accessible and affordable to anyone who wishes to learn regardless of their race, sexual orientation, or their socio-economic status". The difference would be that it would cover students' tuition regardless of income.

"This will work to alleviate the enormous burden of college tuition on hundreds of thousands of middle class families in our state, and we're thrilled for that", said Marc Cohen, president of the SUNY Student Assembly.

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So now you have to live in NY, which according to, has a cost of living 68.8% higher than the national average. Tuition is free for the student.

Like any program that sounds too good to be true, this one comes with a few strings. As a result, poor- and middle-class families often don't adequately prepare their children for the demands of college-level education.

In the adopted state budget, the initial appropriation for the program is capped at $87 million - plus $19 million to provide added scholarships roughly half as large, on a more restricted basis, to students in private colleges and universities. DeFrancisco questioned how much more money state schools would need if there is an influx of students due to the Excelsior Scholarship.

The FY 2018 budget provides $7.5 billion in support for higher education, a $448 million, or 6.3 percent, increase from past year.

Some graduate students and students finishing their undergraduate degree this year, including graduate student Melinda Fatiga, were hoping for a forgiveness plan.

This story has been corrected to show that the nation has a $1.3 trillion, not $1.2 billion student debt problem. "'Free' means that it's coming out of the pockets of taxpayers, many of whom may not be going to college".

If you want any executive position, you need to go to graduate school. The requirements had been part of the Start-Up NY program since it began three years ago.

New York City has 461,499 families with college-age students, with 84.3 percent eligible.

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