NY Becomes 1st State to OK Free Tuition at Public Colleges for Eligible Students

New York just cleared the way to become the first state in the United States to make tuition free for middle- and low-income students at two- and four-year public colleges.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo first introduced the plan in January, with lawmakers agreeing to include it in the state budget. That budget was approved by the Assembly on Saturday and by the Senate on Sunday night. Cuomo is expected to officially sign the budget bills, according to CNN Money.

Students must take 30 credits a year to get the scholarship, a requirement that some lawmakers have outwardly opposed. They say it excludes students who enroll part time.

“Today, college is what high school was — it should always be an option even if you can’t afford it,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement.

Cuomo said the credit requirement was flexible to allow any student facing hardship the chance to pause and restart their program, or take fewer credits if needed. After they graduate, students must live and work in New York for the same amount of time they received the scholarship.

Courtesy of theroot.com and ebony.com

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