New York approves tuition-free college for middle class
- New York became the first state to waive college tuition for middle-class students with the passage of a bill in its Senate.
Under a plan first introduced in January by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, undergraduate students at State University of New York or City University of New York schools will be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship if their families earn less than $100,000 a year. By 2019, the income cap will be raised to $125,000. The law will be phased in beginning in September.
The bill comes with some provisions: It excludes part-time students, room and board, and other fees. The legislation provides $8 million to promote online educational resources. Students benefiting from the bill are expected to live and work in the state for a number of years equal to their time spent in college. If students leave the state, the scholarships become student loans.(Excerpt) Read more at: upi.com ...
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