Sides are taken for free tuition in other states

Many political pundits believe Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been courting liberal voters ahead of a potential run for the White House in 2020.

But Cowell, who chaired Pennsylvania's state House Education Committee and now leads an education think-tank, says don't look for this state to follow NY.

Robinson said some students around the cutoff might view it as arbitrary if a student whose family makes $125,000 per year receives free tuition and a student whose family makes $130,000 per year has to pay extra. That ceiling will increase to $110,000 in 2018 and $125,000 in 2019. It promises more than it will deliver, as students will soon discover that free tuition is not the same thing as free college, or even debt-free college. The economic benefit that this could bring to the state of NY will potentially be huge. That is 420,000 more jobs than 2014.

Some experts say that by focusing on middle-class angst Cuomo is positioning himself as a centrist in the mold of Clinton who supports social policies championed by progressives like Sanders.

Mr. Cuomos new “Excelsior Scholarships,” included in the recently passed NY state budget, require students to live and work in the Empire State for as many years following graduation as they received the scholarship. Instead, sounding more like President Trump than the Democrats Clinton and Sanders that Cuomo said he wanted emulate, the governor took a swipe at the New York Times.

Now we have a model for a tuition-free four-year degree.

In this Saturday, April 15, 2017 photo, people walk across campus at Queens College in NY, where new legislation would allow some students to attend tuition-free. Each campus sets their own admissions requirements. "With this program, every child will have the opportunity that education provides". It would do this by providing enough state grant aid to offset tuition costs after other aid such as Pell Grants has been taken into account. This encompasses almost 80 percent of families in the state.

State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) helped secure the tuition, after years of advocacy to bring the program to fruition, introducing similar legislation in 2014. In 2017 this is the vast, vast majority of all students, especially poorer students.

The free-tuition scholarship program, included in the new state budget - which once seemed like an impossible goal, but is now approaching quickly in the rearview mirror - has local and national residents wondering, what does this mean?

The number of students eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship varies by region. He also said the plan will "demotivate" students and "threaten" New York's private colleges.

The New York Times endorsed both Cuomo and his father, Mario Cuomo for governor during their multiple election campaigns.

At SUNY Plattsburgh, 40.6 percent of students graduated in four years. That component is vital, as it would provide an effective safety net for students whose families lack the necessary resources.

Capitol Region has 44,108 families with college age students, with 74.9 percent eligible.

NY creates programs to help young people afford college, but with onerous strings attached. After completing their degree, graduates will be required to remain in NY state for however long it took them to complete their degree.

NANCY L. Zimpher, SUNY's departing chancellor, said the program's emphasis on expanding eligibility was "innovative" and could be a "breakthrough".

He said he wished the new report had come out before New York's budget was passed because that state offers one of the most striking examples of how shifting more students to private colleges could save money. That's a relatively minor investment considering the good the scholarship will achieve. 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.

Cumorah Reed, a 19-year-old English major, said certain technology jobs are concentrated on the West Coast and many of her classmates will be surprised to learn they will not be able to apply for those positions immediately after graduation.