Big string attached to free tuition at NY colleges

Big string attached to free tuition at NY colleges

"Today, college is what high school was - it should always be an option even if you can't afford it", Cuomo said about the legislation, called the Excelsior Scholarship Program.

"The Excelsior Scholarship expands access to many more deserving students and the five-year tuition plan approved ensures college costs are predictable and transparent for all SUNY students and their families".

Union leaders and veteran educators have several concerns about the free-tuition program unveiled last week as part of the state budget.

Recently New York state passed a law that will allow residents to attend a public college tuition free.

An organization representing private liberal arts colleges is touting the results of a report it commissioned which indicates that states can save costs and boost college graduation rates by offering students tuition assistance for private universities as opposed to funding their education in public programs, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

However, since students have already been accepted, have already applied to their desired colleges, and scholarships have already been sent out, it's hard to immediately know how this will impact enrollment at Fredonia. I think they should continue working on the scholarship to make it better over time.

That's fine if you're talking about, say, economic development funds given on the promise of new jobs. "We think it may have some positives... I wouldn't leave the state for anything", Mendez said. As Rick Seltzer writes for InsideHigherEd, even though demand for private college education has been artificially inflated by government policies, the folks who run private colleges are concerned that demand will now be shifted away from their schools and toward government-run institutions. For example, fewer than half of the African-American and Hispanic students in NY public colleges graduate within six years.

There is no better example of this at the moment than the state-funded Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program. And then there are those books that they need. "So we're still trying to get clarification as to what institutional scholarships are subtracted from tuition".


"We would have approximately 1,500 students that would have qualified between fall and spring to the tune of close to $5 million", said Tramuta.

The free college tuition movement neatly aligns two forces. But there are questions whether more should be done for the poorest students, and to pay for the many college costs beyond tuition.

There will also be an exception for those who join the military, a spokeswoman for the governor said Friday. Students, both new and existing, can apply. The dollar amount of the Excelsior can not exceed $5,500. He declared it as "revolutionary" in an interview with the New Republic's Graham Vyse.

If anything, the focus was on arguments against the annual tuition hikes that were generating dissent and protests among public college and university students in California.

Ashley Mendez, 18, a journalism and communications major, said the proposal is a fair compromise because many residents will stay anyway.

Don't mistake that for some notion of balance in the Excelsior Scholarship program. The program was adopted by the Legislature on April 9 and signed by the governor April 10 as part of the 2017-2018 state budget.

"This will work to alleviate the enormous burden of college tuition on hundreds of thousands of middle class families in our state and we're thrilled for that", Cohen said in a statement. But the lower class faces a lot of extra barriers, and this program is not going to make much of a difference for them.

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