As it stands now, if a student decides to work in a different state, their free tuition scholarship will be converted to a loan that must be repaid.
While students are in our program, they receive the benefits of a small college community.
The scholarship program will have a three-year rollout, with NY families making up to $100,000 qualifying in the fall of 2017, families under $110,000 qualifying the year after, and families making under $125,000 qualifying in 2019. There are others that are doing that same thing, but only for two-year community colleges.
Hudson Valley has 92,333 families with college age students, with 63 percent eligible.
This is a step in the right direction to allowing citizens of this country to better themselves and set them up for success in the future. Likewise, the mandate that students stay in NY for as many years as they were funded by an Excelsior Scholarship is a poison pill that reduces the value of the program for many students.
"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. The Excelsior Scholarship is limited to families making less than $100,000 in 2017. Cuomo's program will have to be paid for by a combination of higher taxes - including taxes paid by parents of students getting the new scholarships - and by higher tuitions for SUNY and CUNY students who aren't in the program.
I graduated from two SUNY institutions and I worked in admissions for one as well.
Of course, it goes without saying that tuition is hardly the only variable in the cost of attending a modern American college, and the scholarship is not without its caveats. Otherwise, we will be known as the state that likes to start initiatives and never commit to completing them.
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The sad reality is, though, that New Yorkers are fleeing in droves.
We loved the idea of free tuition from the beginning. The extra conditions tip the scale against the program and the students who might have benefited from it.
Participation in the program involves a collaborative partnership with Lackawanna High School, Erie 1 BOCES and the Catholic Health System.
It's hardly surprising that the council, which represents more than 700 nonprofit independent colleges, would promote a report based on the argument that costs per degree are lower and graduation rates higher at private institutions. That is already a very affordable option as it relates to a college education.
"Give me your exhausted, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free", but once you arrive in NY, don't dare try moving somewhere else, or Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be chasing you to take back your college scholarship money. Students have to be enrolled full-time, averaging 30 credits per year, but students will be able to pause the program or take more or less credits per semester. Using Pell Grants to pay living costs would also help to reduce students' reliance on borrowing to pay those costs - one of the biggest problems with the current loan structure, as much of the existing debt is accumulated to pay living costs.
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While some progressives think the bill did not go far enough, there are still those who believe this is overstepping the realm of feasibility and wish that the scholarship was a "last dollar" proposal, as Gov. Gina Raimondo (D-Rhode Island) had structured in her proposal from January.