“expand the state’s existing grant program for low-income residents”
Of course, liberals won’t go for this because it doesn’t have the word “free” in it.
New York Republicans have an alternative to ‘tuition-free’ college
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to make tuition free. But there’s a better way to make college affordable, according to some Republicans.
A group of Republican State Assembly members are criticizing the governor’s “tuition-free” college plan for excluding students at private colleges.
Instead of making tuition free at the State University of New York (SUNY) and City University (CUNY) schools, they want to expand the state’s existing grant program for low-income residents who are students at any accredited college in New York.
The Republican plan would effectively lower the cost of college for more New Yorkers than Cuomo’s plan would. But middle-income families who qualify would be paying less under the governor’s plan.
“This is not the time to consider segmented solutions that focus on only a fraction of the problem,” said Assembly Republican Minority Leader Brian Kolb.
The Tuition Assistance Program, known as TAP, currently awards students between $500 and $5,165 depending on their financial need. Families who earn more than $80,000 a year don’t qualify.
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