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First step to signing up for SUNY's free tuition

New York on verge of tuition-free college for middle class Spencer Platt Getty Images
Eleena Tovar | 12 Abril, 2017, 13:45

Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the tuition-free legislation in January and lawmakers approved the plan this weekend.

Eligible students would not have to pay tuition at any school in the State University of New York (SUNY) or City University of New York (CUNY) systems, which costs $6,470 per year at four-year schools and $4,350 per year at community colleges, but would still have to pay for room and board and other fees.

Students who receive free tuition and then leave the state for an advanced degree won't have to pay the money back assuming they return to ny once they complete their graduate studies.

The income cap will increase to $110,000 next year and will reach $125,000 in 2019.

The high cost of college tuition can plague a graduate years after they've received their degree, thanks to student loans.

Students must remain in NY for as many years as they received the benefit.

Those eligible will pay nothing for tuition.

For Excelsior Scholarship recipients, the benefit will be applied to tuition costs after other payments, such as federal Pell grants or aid through the state's Tuition Assistance Program, are applied.

"The basic point is that if the taxpayers are going to pay to educate you, you're now an asset to the state and an asset to the state's economy", Mr. Cuomo told WGRZ-TV.

State legislators are "paying more attention than ever before" to the movement to provide free and reduced tuition opportunities, notes the National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks these proposals.

The Washington Post reported earlier that any NY resident accepted into a four-year course to any NY community college or university must earn less than $125,000 per year.

NY state has found a way.

According to the fine print on the Excelsior Scholarship, which lets students attending a State University or City University of NY to study free of tuition fees if their families earn no more than $100,000 a year, recipients must stay in the state for the same number of years for which they received funding, the Wall Street Journal reports. Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of NY, states that there will be a great impact at community colleges; she views the initiative as a move to the precipice of a new era.

The state estimates that 940,000 families with college-aged children will qualify for free tuition. Bernie Sanders at LaGuardia Community College in Queens.

SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling says 1,200 current students would have qualified for the first phase if the program was in place now. There were many who said this was not feasible in any way. "Altogether, the program is expected to cost NY $163 million and is expected to benefit roughly 940,000 families", reported Market Watch. Under the terms outlined in the budget, those receiving the tuition-free benefit will only receive it for up to four academic years of full-time undergraduate study or five academic years "if the program of study requires five years", the bill states.

But Sara Goldrick-Rab, a Temple University professor and high-profile advocate of tuition-free college, took to Twitter to call this condition a "trick" that would cause some students to decline the offer.