Cuomo's New York agenda feeds talk of presidential run

Assemb. James Skoufis on Jan. 25

NY is not the first state to provide free college - several states, including Tennessee and OR, offer two-year tuition programs - but the scope of this plan introduces a host of new problems.

This means they won't be able to seize out-of-state opportunities during the crucial years when their career track is being formed. "A great step for progressives".

Roughly 180,000 students attending SUNY schools now don't pay tuition because it's fully covered by the state's Tuition Assistance Program and federal PELL grants. The plan would cover tuition at public colleges for students whose families earn $125,000 or less. I know a woman, a single parent who, years after graduation, is still making a $400 monthly student loan payment.

Starting Fall 2017, families earning under $100,000 a year are eligible and is based on the adjusted gross income reported on the recent tax return filed by the family applying. We would argue that more competitive grants should be made available to address the underlying arguments for free public tuition, which is the timely completion of a college degree and reduced student debt. This encompasses almost 80 percent of families in the state.

The Excelsior Scholarship is expected to cut costs for middle class families that make up to $125,000 a year. A NY resident attending the State University at Fredonia this year can expect to spend roughly $20,820 on tuition, room and board.

Despite this benefit, free tuition proposals don't put any more resources into the schools that need them most. 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. The degree is important, but regardless of the cost of tuition, what good is it without the requisite and in-demand skills and experience to get employed?

Who pays for the free-tuition program? At the signing ceremony, held at LaGuardia Community College, Cuomo thanked Clinton for the great idea, noting she first mentioned it on the campaign trail past year.

NY state is getting ready to offer tuition-free college education for select students. Cuomo said during a call with state editorial writers. Instead, sounding more like President Trump than the Democrats Clinton and Sanders that Cuomo said he wanted emulate, the governor took a swipe at the New York Times.

Mr. Cuomos college scholarships are ostensibly meant to help students by unshackling them from onerous debt.

"We look forward to further expanding our support of students and their families as a result of this budget agreement", Stanley said. "I wouldn't leave the state for anything", Mendez said. I think she should get some help too.

Cuomo said by making college accessible to thousands of students, it shows the difference that a government can make.

According to a SUNY spokeswoman, 83 percent of public college graduates remain in the state after they receive their degree, so the potential number of students affected by the residency requirement would be small. "It kind of tamps down the drama", she said.

Mr. Cuomo's press release doesn't say how this requirement will be enforced.

The sad reality, though, is that New Yorkers are fleeing in droves.

"The concept of investing in you and your education is that you're going to stay here and be an asset to the state".

Upon graduation, these students are given first preference for hiring by a private-sector employer. Im one of those who left, saying goodbye to NY and Governor Cuomo in 2013 after 15 years in the state. "Anytime you do something big, there are the naysayers who come out of the woodwork to criticize it".

The SUNY Student Assembly has not taken an official position on the provision, said Arthur Ramsay, director of communications, but he also said that he and other leaders are concerned the provision is "restrictive". NY officials believe it will help an estimated 940,000 families. Would they be required to move across state lines for four years?

"This has all the earmarks of something that was simply reverse engineered from the headline the governor wanted to see", McMahon said.