A special part of the legislation protects the state’s investment in the colleges for that time period.
THE program to provide free tuition for students at NY state’s public colleges and universities passed on Friday by the Legislature has been hailed as a breakthrough and a model for other states that will change the lives of students at public colleges across the state. The California Public Policy Institute has projected that the state will fail to meet the demands of industry for workers with bachelor’s degrees by 1.1 million by 2030.
The report was prepared for the Council of Independent Colleges as part of its efforts to promote the value of the liberal arts and independent colleges. However, despite some reservations, Sanders has supported New York’s decision. “While it may be expensive and colleges may charge for more such as room, board and other fees, it will better educate the masses to make us better people”.
But I think there are a couple of issues with the program itself.
“They’re trying to make the counterintuitive case that expensive schools are cheaper than affordable schools”.
In essence, it boiled down to “If America is the wealthiest nation on the planet, why must our people fight and compete for less than is available in most developed nations for free?”
“With a lot of my classmates and I graduating in May, we’ll have our associate’s from here”, Tylia Porter, another CCC student, said. “And if we’re not going to have it on the federal level, then we’re not going to be denied it in NY”. Those combined cover all the tuition of a two-year degree and nearly all the cost of tuition for a four-year degree. Indeed, the final state budget also authorizes a $200-per-year tuition increase over each of the next four years. The Degrees Not Debt Scholarships are more of a challenge. I knew many wonderful students who were not able to go to college because of financial constraints.
But the reaction by some colleges in the Finger Lakes varies based on whether they represent public or private institutions.
But Cowell, who chaired Pennsylvania’s state House Education Committee and now leads an education think-tank, says don’t look for this state to follow NY.
Douglas Webber is an assistant professor in the department of economics at Temple University. They’ll be trapped in a state with one really expensive city, and other regions where good jobs are scarce.
Skoufis has advocated for a tuition-free SUNY and CUNY since he introduced legislation to that end in early 2014. It’s also getting so much attention because it’s New York-it’s such a big state. The plan also provides $19 million in Enhanced Tuition Awards for students who want to attend private schools like Utica College.
“We’re thrilled”, said Heidi Macpherson, President of The College at Brockport. Tuition bills at the City University of NY or CUNY-already among the lowest in the country, with two- and four-year tuition roughly ranging between $4,350 and $6,470-are often covered by federal Pell Grants or state aid. Students who receive free tuition for four years have to remain in NY state for four years after graduating, or pay the money back. For example, the flagship CUNY system “The City College of New York”, aka “the working man’s Harvard”, was tuition free until the 1970s.