Cuomo's college plan gets an 'F'

Central New York has 37,922 families with college-age students, with 79.6 percent eligible.

"By making college at our world-class public universities tuition-free, we have established a national model for access to higher education, and achieved another NY first". They will have to complete at least 15 credit hours per semester and maintain a satisfactory grade point average - or pay back the tuition money.

This week, NY became the first state to offer free college tuition for families earning less than $125,000 per year. Although the new state budget, which runs through next March 31, will provide $1.33 billion to CUNY, SUNY and private universities, Ms. Bowen noted that state funding per student at CUNY is still below pre-recession levels when adjusted for inflation.

The penalty for failing to stay within the state: The amount of money for tuition that was awarded - about $25,880 for a bachelor's or $8,700 for an associate's - will be converted into a loan.

These private colleges tend to have smaller classes, they tend to do a better job of graduating their students and they tend to spend heavily to subsidize poorer students.

The New York Times endorsed both Cuomo and his father, Mario Cuomo for governor during their multiple election campaigns.

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. 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. "It kind of tamps down the drama", she said.

What if an Excelsior scholarship recipients wins a Rhodes or Marshall scholarship for graduate study overseas, or is moved by patriotism to enlist in the USA army in wartime, or wants to join the Peace Corps, or falls in love with a student from somewhere else? But he gave Cuomo and NY lawmakers credit for being first to tackle it. "Without adequate state funding, CUNY can not support the smaller classes, expanded faculty mentorship, improved advisement, and increased support services that are proven to improve graduation rates", she said.

That hurts the state's educational diversity, it destroys jobs and it hurts the state.

Most young people with adequate college preparation who come from upper middle-income families are going to college anyway.

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Unintentionally, those who understandably balk at taking out the equivalent of a home mortgage for an undergraduate degree deter less academically gifted or economically fortunate students from attaining a higher education. Their tuition is already covered by other programs.

Students who receive free tuition and then leave the state for an advanced degree won't have to pay the money back assuming they return to NY once they complete their graduate studies. This encompasses almost 80 percent of families in the state.

There are many words that can be used to describe the state's new Excelsior Scholarship program, but can we all agree not to use the word free?

"The pressure now builds", he said, "for others in deep blue states to do something".

Enrollment at CCC dipped slightly past year, so it's possible numbers might see an increase come next semester.

Under the banner cry of "free college", Cuomo garnered support for his plan, which only covers tuition.

"This so-called "free-college" plan is a hoax, trapping people in NY state to benefit the governor's presidential ambitions", said Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, who has emerged as one of the governor's sharpest critics.

"I believe a majority of people who don't go to college don't go because they do not learn that way and do not wish to lead that lifestyle, not because they can't afford it", Bates said.

"There's still $12,000 for room and board".


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