Andrew Cuomo's free college education initiative comes with a catch

Andrew Cuomo's free college education initiative comes with a catch

The Excelsior Scholarship program provides middle class families free tuition to New York State public universities.

The Excelsior Scholarship - passed as part of the state budget on Sunday - will provide free tuition to students attending the State University or City University of NY if their families earn $125,000 or less per year.

"New York State has always been a pioneer in education", said Clinton.

This is part of New York's Excelsior Scholarship Program.

Hillary Clinton says the nation's first free college tuition plan approved by NY state lawmakers can be a model for other states and can eventually pave the way for nationwide reforms that were championed by Democrats during the 2016 presidential election. If not students made a decision to leave the state of NY early they must pay back the funding they received. The program has no age limit and once students receive the scholarship, they must be enrolled in college full-time, average at least 30 credits per year and meet the GPA requirement for their program. For middle-class students attending privately-run schools, the budget includes up to $3,000 in financial assistance, which would have to be matched by the college.

New York Assemblyman Victor M. Pichardo, based in the Bronx, represents a district where almost one-third of families live below the poverty line. I think students make their decisions to go to one college over another for many, many different reasons, financing being one of them, to be sure. This fall, the annual income requirement to avail the scholarship is $100,000.

"Many of our students will transfer onto great private institutions".

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The program does come with some strings attached. "I hope students, families, and educators across the country will continue to speak out on this issue, and call on more states to follow suit". Previously, Tennessee and OR created programs that made community college tuition-free - Tennessee's initiative in particular inspired former President Obama's free community college plan. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, about a dozen other states have seen legislation proposed that would do the same.

WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says Govern Cuomo appeared in Buffalo Tuesday touting the new Excelsior Scholarships.

Joining the governor during Wednesday's ceremony at LaGuardia Community College was Hillary Clinton.

Under a plan first introduced in January by Gov.

NY state has found a way.

The program pertains to all State University of New York (SUNY) or City University of New York (CUNY) schools.

"Higher education in America should be a right for all, not a privilege for the few", Sanders said in an April 3rd statement.

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