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New York State Pushes Through ‘Free’ College Plan

New York State Pushes Through ‘Free’ College Plan

“Today, college is what high school was”

As if it wasn’t already expensive to live in New York. Now, taxpayers there have a new entitlement to pay for.

NBC News reported:

New York Becomes Only State to Offer Free Four-Year College

New York will be the only state in the country to offer universal public college tuition coverage for working- and middle-class residents after the program was included in the budget package approved Sunday night.

The state’s Excelsior Scholarship program will be rolled out in tiers over the next three years, starting with full coverage of four-year college tuition this fall for students whose families make less than $100,000.

The income cap will increase to $110,000 in 2018 and $125,000 in 2019.

While states like California and Georgia have comprehensive grant and scholarship programs for four-year college as well, New York’s is the nation’s only truly universal program — with no requirements other than residency and income, and no caps on the amount of residents who can receive full tuition.

“With this budget, New York has the nation’s first accessible college program. It’s a different model,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo Saturday in a statement. “Today, college is what high school was—it should always be an option even if you can’t afford it.”

According to Cuomo’s office, the budget includes a record $7.5 billion for higher education — though that’s only a 6.3 percent increase from 2016.


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Walker Evans | April 11, 2017 at 4:45 pm


There is nothing so expensive as a “free” government service. The outrageous salaries and benefits college professors and administrators make was at least a little bit restrained by the ability of students and their families to pay. Now there will be no restraint at all.