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"We know that nothing is truly free", responds Inez Feltscher Stepman, director of the education and workforce development task force at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Lawmakers in NY state approved an enormous $7.5 billion scholarship, one that would - as some news organizations have heralded it - make it possible for the low-to-middle-class to attend two-year and four-year colleges for free.

Newsday reports that the 2017-18 state budget approved by the Legislature last weekend removed the requirement pertaining to annual reports on jobs created and how much money companies spent on their operations. If it works, it is a bargain.

Henry strangled Jenks last July 6 and stole thousands of dollars in valuables from the house.

The council's public-relations push has been supported by a number of funders, including the Carnegie Corporation of NY, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Students from families making $50,000 or less wouldn't benefit because their tuition is already covered by other programs.

To receive the so-called Excelsior Scholarship, students have to attend school full time, maintain a minimum grade point average depending on their program and finish their degree on time.

So New York wants either a return on its investment, or its money back.

From the beginning, this was intended as a break for middle-class families.

The income cap for the scholarship program will go up to $125,000 in 2019 and will cost the state an estimated $163 million per year.

It's some of the other strings attached that worry us. The numbers are smaller at CUNY, where 3,000 to 5,000 would qualify, or a small percentage of the total student body.

The reality is that fewer than half of college students graduate in four years.

Beginning with the next academic year, all CUNY and SUNY students whose families make less than $100,000 will become eligible for free tuition.

The program, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a legislative priority, will primarily benefit traditional students-those who go to college straight from high school and earn their degrees on time.

"Today, college is what high school was-it should always be an option even if you can't afford it", Cuomo said in a statement. The only thing the government asks is that the students stay in NY for four years after they graduate. This could even lead to NY employers offering slightly lower salaries to in-state grads, since they'll know this group has fewer out-of-state options.

Additionally, the free tuition plan only applies to NY residents who are enrolled in at least 12 credits per term and who complete at least 30 credits an academic year.

P-TECH has great value, and we see this every day in our students' learning experience.

Now we have a model for a tuition-free four-year degree.
Evidently, it indicates that "New York cares" about college education. This stipulation was added by Republicans in the Senate to ensure that the taxpayers do not face the burden of funding college tuition for students, in turn for students to just leave the state after they have graduated.

"They're trying to make the counterintuitive case that expensive schools are cheaper than affordable schools".

What the provision does is further limit the number of students it will help, which is the exact opposite of its intent.


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