NY Makes a Bold Move in Regards to Higher Education, Could CT Follow Suit?
Legislative leaders just made an announcement that will affect hundreds of thousands of families across the state of New York. Personally, I think it would be an incredible move if every other state could find a way to follow suit.
This news is huge. New York state has just scored a coup over every other state in the Nation. When you think about the dream of higher education and what it means to our country, this is a game changer.
In a story from CBS News a college education is going to be free at public college and universities in the state of New York. In a jaw dropping announcement over the weekend, Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders announced a plan that will make tuition free at schools in the City University of New York and State University of New York systems.
The imitative will be known as the Excelsior Scholarship and it begins Fall of 2017 and rolls out over the next three years. In 2017, students from families with annual incomes of up to $100,000 will be eligible. That amount is proposed to be capped at families with annual incomes of up to $125,000 by 2019.
As with any plan of this magnitude there will be restrictions, and the story says that room and board won't be included. My hope is that every other state takes a hard look at the Excelsior Scholarship program that was crafted for middle class families in New York, and work to find their own plan of action.