Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday proposed free state college tuition assistance to ease the burden of paying for higher education for hundreds of thousands of low- and middle-income students.
Cuomo announced the Excelsior Scholarship college degree program, which would help cover the cost of SUNY and CUNY tuition, including at two-year community colleges, for students whose families earn up to $125,000 annually. Individuals also would qualify.
The governor made the announcement before a cheering audience of high school students, labor leaders and elected officials at LaGuardia Community College.
Cuomo said of college debt, “That is not fair, that is not right.”
He said it hobbles the futures of young people. “The debt is so high, it’s like starting a...| read more ››