Tuition is that imaginary number invented by college administrators to seed fear in the hearts of middle-class parents and students.
Governor Cuomo isn't about it, though: "Today, college is what high school was—it should always be an option even if you can't afford it."
Free four-year public college for NY residents was a program included in the budget passed on Sunday. It's dope to see Bernie's dreams coming true. Pour one our for our guy.
The program, named the Excelsior Scholarship, will begin as early as this fall.
For students whose families make less than $100,000, tuition at any of the SUNY or CUNY schools will be covered. That cap will increase to $110,000 in 2018 and $125,000 in 2019.
It's estimated that 80% of college-bound New Yorkers will benefit from the new plan.
The best part?
There is no age limit. So, if you've been itching to go back to school but set back by finances, here's your shot.
According to NBC, the state is also investing $8 million in electronic books in order to lower costs for students. TBH, we feel like not charging a limb for a book you open twice would probz do the trick on its own, but we're not complaining.
Students will find out if they are eligible when they file their FAFSAs, so get on that!
We're proud to be a part of the only state in the country offering free four-year college, and for another reason why New York is unequivocally the best.[Feature Image Courtesy The Odyssey Online] [via NBC]