Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Life&Culture | By Ted Wilson

Public College In New York Just Became Way Cheaper For Some Students

To qualify for NY residency, an emancipated individual must reside in the state for more than twelve months.

About 940,000 families will qualify for free tuition at all City University of New York (CUNY) and State University of New York (SUNY) two- and four-year colleges in New York State. If they leave the state that scholarship turns into a loan.

No. Students must be a citizen, permanent resident, or refugee. Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo worked out the deal in the state budget that was announced on Friday.

Could students lose the scholarship?

In addition, students must complete 30 credit hours a year to remain eligible.

But there will be exceptions. "I hope students, families, and educators across the country will continue to speak out on this issue, and call on more states to follow suit".

The initiative also includes $19 million for a new tuition award program for students at private colleges. Books could run you another $1,000. The legislation provides $8 million to promote online educational resources. She says she now gets financial aid and was unsure how she would pay her way to get a teaching degree. It does not cover the cost of incidentals like textbooks or room and board.

Scholarship funds are accounting for other federal and state grants.

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The state will increase spending on higher education to cover the cost of the program. "The workforce needs a high school education", Cuomo said.

What will be the impact on SUNY and CUNY?

"And the best bridge to the future is a good education, my friends", she added during her appearance at LaGuardia Community College.

Critics of the program point out that low-income students are likely to benefit from it the least.

Is there any help for those who already graduated?

New graduates will not also receive any more aid from the Excelsior Scholarship.

The one strict requirement, a student who receives the Excelsior Scholarship must stay in the state for an equal number of years that they were in school.

He hasn't decided if he wants to stay in NY after college, so he isn't sure if he would take advantage of the scholarship.

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