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New York Is First State to Offer Free College Tuition to Public Schools

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New York Is First State to Offer Free College Tuition to Public Schools

College is about to become a lot cheaper for some students attending public universities in New York. Lawmakers just approved a state budget that includes a tuition-free college plan called the Excelsior Scholarship. The New York State Senate passed a budget that included a $163-million annual initiative to offer free tuition at public colleges and universities to students with an annual family income of $125,000 or less. The new program represents a first in the United States. Never before has a state offered free tuition to any four-year state university or community college, including students from many families whose income levels would be considered middle class. Starting this fall, the scholarships will be available for New Yorkers attending a State University of New York or City University of New York school full time. Their families must earn no more than $100,000. By 2019, that income cap will be $125,000. ” In this economy, you need a college education if you’re going to compete,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The scholarship, which was introduced by Gov. Cuomo in January, will cover tuition that isn’t supplemented by grants or loans from the federal government or the state.

Students will still need to pay their own room and board costs. And after graduation, they’re required to work in New York for a set number of years, based on how many years they received free tuition.

Roughly 940,000 families would be eligible for the scholarship once it’s fully implemented in 2019. The new scholarship will break new ground in the US, yet it is only the latest proposal aimed at making college more affordable. Across the country, legislators and education officials have begun reevaluating the rising cost of higher education and the increasing necessity of collegiate training in many fields of employment. A number of cities and states have programs helping students with tuition at community colleges, while Tennessee, Oregon, and Minnesota offer tuition-free community college. “College is today what high school was 50 years ago,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on a radio interview, according to the Associated Press. “If you’re a young person who wants success and a career, a college education is necessary.”

Will This Free College Tuition Program Be Taken Advantage Of?

Susan Z’s Conclusion:

Justice: Inverted (Upside Down)
The card represents being honest with yourself and also legal papers. Being inverted, I believe that many will take advantage of the program but most students who can live at home and attend university.

Knight of Pentacles:
This card represents a solid, dependable and sometimes stubborn male with a youthful approach to life. This I believe is Gov. Cuomo’s position on the new free tuition bill. I feel he had to fight hard to push it through but wants to see New York’s youth have a chance to become successful.

Princess of Cups: Inverted
This card represents a young person, usually female with childlike emotions. I can also mean inner child needs. This card gives me a feeling this bill was up close and personal for the governor, either seeing someone who desperately wanted to go to college and have a successful future but unable to and appealed to his compassion.



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