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Free tuition in NY, no plans to change tuition at UNF

18 April 2017

Students from families making $50,000 or less wouldn't benefit because their tuition is already covered by other programs.

FILE - In this January 3, 2017 file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right and Vermont Sen.

But Cowell, who chaired Pennsylvania's state House Education Committee and now leads an education think-tank, says don't look for this state to follow NY. "And 50 years ago, we had the sense as a society to say 'free public high school'". That ceiling will increase to $110,000 in 2018 and $125,000 in 2019.

NY wants to allow middle-class college students free college, but not everyone thinks it's worth the price of admission.

Speaking Tuesday to "Crane Durham's Nothing But Truth" program on American Family Radio, Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union said high school was actually never "free" in the sense that no one was paying for it.

Well, the heavy-hitting politicians in the state of NY couldn't let San Fran be the only collectivist hodgepodge to mess with this bad idea. That is 420,000 more jobs than 2014.

But there are questions whether more should be done to help those students pay for the many college costs beyond tuition.

The point was touched on recently by a New York Times columnist, David Brooks, in his article memorably headlined, "The Cuomo College Fiasco".

Now we have a model for a tuition-free four-year degree.

For someone who went to community college, it means they'll have to remain in NY for two years. Research has shown that students who have to work to pay some college costs, even if only small expenses, are more spurred to work hard and graduate. Those requirements vary across disciplines, degree programs and across the SUNY system from campus to campus.

Pennsylvania ranks 48th in cuts to higher education between 2009 and 2014. It also includes $8 million to pay for resources such as e-books.

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"I don't know how much I like feeling confined, even to staying in the state for four more years", said Bobby Rickard, an 18-year-old freshman from Brewster who has not yet decided his major. The governor's office said it expects it to cost $163 million in the first year, before it's fully phased in. In 2017 this is the vast, vast majority of all students, especially poorer students.

The program, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a legislative priority, will primarily benefit traditional students-those who go to college straight from high school and earn their degrees on time.

Not everyone is eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship.

This action is likely to hurt the bottom line for many private institutions like Utica College, which rely heavily on income from student tuition.

New and transfer students can also use these sessions as a chance to apply and immediately be considered for the Fall 2017 semester.

Long Island has 112,890 families with college-age students, with 55.6 percent eligible. Bernie Sanders appear onstage together during an event at New York's LaGuardia Community College. In exchange, students must remain in NY for as many years as they receive the benefit. Over the course of four years at a State University of NY college, tuition would make up only about $26,000 of the total $83,000 tab.

In the adopted state budget, the initial appropriation for the program is capped at $87 million - plus $19 million to provide added scholarships roughly half as large, on a more restricted basis, to students in private colleges and universities. "But without increased public investment in CUNY, Excelsior can not achieve its full potential". Students also have to be enrolled full time.

Most young people with adequate college preparation who come from upper middle-income families are going to college anyway.

"Here in Pennsylvania, institutionally, state government has been pretty cheap about its support for post-secondary education", he said.

Like the Excelsior Scholarship, this plan comes with some strings attached.

Free tuition in NY, no plans to change tuition at UNF