Free College Tuition Included in Budget Passed by NYS
The budget, that passed last night, included free college tuition, but some people are not happy about it at all.
In the $163 billion budget that was passed 9 days late, the Excelsior Scholarship was passed where students will be able to go to college for free at any 4-year university or state college as long as their family income is not more that $125 million.
I'm all for helping people that need it, but this may be crossing the line. It's a scholarship? I thought students had to work hard in order to be rewarded one of those. My biggest concern is that this free college idea may enable people to keep being lazy--I mean, why bother work hard in high school? You're going to college for free anyway. Governor Cuomo said:
Today, college is what high school was — it should always be an option even if you can’t afford it. With this program, every child will have the opportunity that education provides. The scholarship program will be phased in over three years, beginning for New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually in the fall of 2017, increasing to $110,000 in 2018, and reaching $125,000 in 2019. Nearly 1 million families will qualify for the scholarship", according to the Washington Post.