"With investment to bring a SUNY education within reach for all New Yorkers, this year's budget is affirmation from the State that our colleges and universities offer a top-quality higher education that prepares students for career success and is among the most affordable in the world", they said in a statement.
The Excelsior requires people to work in NY state for at least two years after they receive an associate's degree, or four years post-bachelor's.
State lawmakers agreed to include the tuition-free plan, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced in January, in the state budget they approved late Sunday night.
- The scholarship does not include costs for room and board, food and transportation.
Onondaga Community College expects a bump in enrollment following the state legislature's approval of free tuition at SUNY and CUNY schools.
Translation: Students must first apply for, and use, other money like federal Pell Grants, before turning to the scholarship.
'If it was that low-cost to do, we would have done it a long time ago, ' Assemblyman James Skoufis, who proposed a similar bill three years ago, told CNNMoney in January.
His office has estimated the scholarship will cost $163 million in the first year, but some lawmakers say that's lowballing it.
UB's current tuition is $6,770 for New York State residents and $23,270 for out-of-state residents. These students would not be eligible for the newly-passed scholarship.
A student will need to complete 30 credit hours per year to maintain the award. Bernie Sanders at LaGuardia Community College in Queens. "I do think we need to hit the pause button and think hard about, how do we support choice?"
The scholarship would be open to California State University and University of California students and for the first year of community colleges.
Officials at some private colleges and universities are expressing concern about the impact on the, reports CBS New York. Students for those schools have been accepted and deposits have to go in May 1. The scholarship does not remove tuition, but covers the difference between tuition and existing aid.