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 Journalreports. 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.