What New Yorkers don't like about the new free tuition scholarship

New York City. Following a state budget approval on Sunday New York will be the first state to make public colleges and universities fre

New York City. Following a state budget approval on Sunday New York will be the first state to make public colleges and universities fre

The state has just approved free tuition to attend the New York State University system or community colleges for families with total income of $100,000 or less. The plan will phase in over the next three years finally reaching an income cap of $125,000 per year. Those great out-of-state jobs and grad school opportunities will be there after graduates have fulfilled their Excelsior Scholarship residency requirement and are ready for a change.

But how can politicians voting to make other people pay for the college experiences of young people mean that anyone cares? My career in college admissions and career placement spans 17 years, 6 colleges and 400 placed interns.

Take a family making $21,000 per year. I am however, admittedly biased.

But because lawmakers are afraid to tax anybody or anything, says Cowell, higher education has suffered. "You'd get to take your loans out like anyone else". Those requirements vary across disciplines, degree programs and across the SUNY system from campus to campus.

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Only students whose families earn $125,000 or less starting in 2019, are enrolled full time, and are pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree for the first time will earn the Excelsior Scholarship.

Massachusetts, for example, grants a somewhat similar, four-year, tuition-free John and Abigail Adams Scholarship without any such demand that recipients remain in the state for years after graduation. A professor at the University of Chicago Law School, Daniel J. Hemel, floated the question of whether the stay-in-New York requirement risks violating something called the “Dormant Commerce Clause, ” a restriction implied by the Commerce Clause of the Constitution and limiting the states from erecting their own obstacles to interstate commerce.

So now you have to live in NY, which according to smartasset.com, has a cost of living 68.8% higher than the national average.

Most people don't know that almost 60% of college students graduate in six years. We help our students achieve what they may have believed was not possible.

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Getting in and out in two or four years is vitally important. It also makes sense in this context to view Pell Grants primarily as a means to help low- and moderate-income students pay for the living costs that their families can not afford to pay. Earning a degree is one thing, but finding and landing the dream job is another.

A decade ago, few people were talking about the idea of tuition-free college. As a result, poor- and middle-class families often don't adequately prepare their children for the demands of college-level education. Why is this a game changer? An editorial by the Albany Times Union called the requirement "indentured citizenship" and said the residency requirement should be scrapped in favor of doing more to build up better paying jobs in upstate NY and more affordable housing downstate so that college graduates would have more incentives to remain in the state. Imagine the money you could save!

He was particularly critical of New York's "last-dollar" tuition-only setup, which would keep costs relatively low - an estimated $163 million a year - by paying the tuition only after awards from state and federal sources are applied. That amounts to about $127 per student. With the adoption of the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget last week, that plan has become a reality.

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. Families in the middle income bracket who are not Pell eligible or TAP eligible will benefit most.

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