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Attractive as it is for students and parents, "free" in-state tuition won't solve higher education's ever-higher costs at New York's public universities and community colleges - or at Pennsylvania's cash-strapped state-owned universities.

Students are required to take a full course load and they must stay in NY for as many years as they took the scholarship. So despite NY being a sanctuary city and having a strong undocumented student movement, the undocumented can not partake in the scholarship. Nevertheless, former presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have high hopes for it. Sanders and Clinton have made debt-free college a key point during their campaigns.

The Excelsior Scholarship would grant free tuition to students whose families make less than $100,000 dollars. The plan would cover tuition at public colleges for students whose families earn $125,000 or less. If they didn't, just how much will this scholarship program cost NY taxpayers, many of whom paid their own way through college and are struggling to pay off student loans? So, we must make sure to continue to use our influence as this program plays out to make sure it appeals to all our actual best interests - which don't always match up with those of our legislators. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a savvy politician, understood in a New York minute that this plan is a political victor.

DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, said he and other Senate Republicans felt there should be "obligations" for students who receive the scholarship. The problem that many interior states face is that young college graduates moving into the state aren't keeping up with those that are leaving.

While students are in our program, they receive the benefits of a small college community.

However, since students have already been accepted, have already applied to their desired colleges, and scholarships have already been sent out, it's hard to immediately know how this will impact enrollment at Fredonia.

So New York wants either a return on its investment, or its money back. "... This year was nothing short of a resounding and historic victory for students in the State University of NY". States need to provide bigger subsidies over time to cover the rising cost of the technology-saturated educational experience students need for the modern labor market.

"Campuses are still reeling from drastic state aid cuts to SUNY during the Great Recession, which is why the passage of the MOE is welcome and necessary", said Kowal. It would be up to the state to set the percentage and decide whether that figure should vary for different types of public institutions.

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The requirement is supposed to build an educated workforce that attracts businesses to NY.

While the Excelsior Scholarship will help future students, undergraduate students graduating this spring and current graduate students, are not eligible.

Tramuta also stated that had the bill been implemented earlier, a total of 2,500 students would have benefited from the Excelsior Scholarship for the 2016-17 school year.

But Goldrick-Rab, the author of the recent book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, called the provision that students must live and work in NY a "poison pill" by limiting mobility, among other factors.

Participation in the program involves a collaborative partnership with Lackawanna High School, Erie 1 BOCES and the Catholic Health System. Since then tuition has steadily mounted, but remains below that in many other states. Even at its four-year colleges, 60 percent would be ineligible. The program begins this fall and will be phased in over three years. This inattentiveness toward the state's poorest people belies Cuomo's effort to make higher education accessible to both middle-class and lower-class households.

"You're going to need more professors".

Under the banner cry of "free college", Cuomo garnered support for his plan, which only covers tuition.


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