April 11, 2017

Governor Approves The 2018 State Budget, Offering Free College Tuition To Residents

Andrew Cuomo

On April 10, New York governor Andrew Cuomo approved the 2018 State Budget, offering free college tuition to the residents. The budget, unanimously passed by the Senate, invests $163 million in the Excelsior Scholarship program, making tuition free for middle class and low-income students attending 2 and 4-year SUNY and CUNY colleges.

The governor said that “he hopes other states will adopt similar programs,” 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 New York first.

Education funding has led to numerous legal challenges across the US. In September, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that Governor Matt Bevin did not have the authority to unilaterally cut the budget for state universities.

In 2015 the Supreme Court of Washington ordered the state to pay a fine of $100,000 per day for each day that it fails to comply with a previous court ruling mandating adequate funding of public schools.

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