Free college in NY and how it will work

Free college in NY and how it will work

The plan is phased in over three years, with full implementation in 2019.

Matt Rivera nearly dropped out of UB after his freshman year because tuition was too expensive. Fees, board, books and other expenses will still need to be shouldered by the students and their families.

NY will become the first state to offer universal free four-year college to students living in the state, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.

The one strict requirement, a student who receives the Excelsior Scholarship must stay in the state for an equal number of years that they were in school.

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"In a sense it sucks because I went through my four years already".

The program is targeted at middle-class families, and there's a temporary income cap in place.

"The Excelsior Scholarship is going to send a message of hope to countless families", Clinton said.

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"If you can take that bill out of the way, I think it really makes people look at college in a new way as something that is more affordable", said OCC President Casey Crabill. "That's the only way you can really better society and raise the standards of the community".

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The budget approved by the State Legislature also includes a raise in the age that a juvenile can be prosecuted as an adult to age 17 by October 2018, and to age 18 a year later. The budget includes a record $7.5 billion for higher education. That would cover about 25,000 students who attend a 4 year school... but an estimated 200,000 students would be eligible.

NY has become the first state in the country to offer free tuition to public colleges and universities, CNN reports. "I would say I'm skeptical. It's a different model", said Governor Andrew Cuomo Saturday in a statement.

No. Students must be a citizen, permanent resident, or refugee.

The program does come with some strings attached. If they take a job in another state they must pay the money back as a loan.

The legislation was just introduced last month, and there's no indication yet that Gov. I was proud to put this plan forward during my campaign, and I'm thrilled that it's become a reality in NY.