New York will be the first and the only state in the country to offer universal public college tuition coverage for working- and middle-class residents. The program was approved on sunday night after being added in the budget package.
The program will focus on students whose family income will be less than $100,00. The program will be started in tiers for next three years.
Sources say that the income cap will increase to $110,000 in 2018 and $125,000 in 2019.
Quoting on this Governor Andrew Cuomo said this entirely a different model and lots of students from poor families will benefit from this.
“With this budget, New York has the nation’s first accessible college program. It’s a different model,” – the governor said.
“Today, college is what high school was—it should always be an option even if you can’t afford it.”- he added.
Almost 80% of New York families with college age kids can use this program which has a budget of $7.5 billion for higher education.
The important aspect of the program is there is no age restriction. Upon recieving the Excelsior Scholarship they must be enrolled full-time with an average of at least 30 credits per year and continue to meet the minimum GPA requirement for their program