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April 18, 2017

SUNY tuition is $6,470 at four-year schools and $4,370 at community colleges.

The findings were dismissed by Barmak Nassirian, director of federal relations and policy analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

"The rationale is clear", Cuomo said.

New York's plan would cover in-state public college tuition for full-time students whose families earn $125,000 or less.

Mr. Zumeta and his co-author, Nick Huntington-Klein, an assistant professor of economics at California State University at Fullerton, concluded that for a significant number of students, $1,000 in additional state aid would do the trick.

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy Zimpher says the controversy may be overblown, noting that about 85 percent of graduates from the state university system stay in New York after graduation anyway. Will New York hire administrative staff to keep tabs on students or depend on the honor system?

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo has put that dream into reality.

The proposed state investment would amount to $4,000 per student, substantially more than the NY program. "If Hillary Clinton had been elected president, he would have been shut out from running for eight years", says Dawidziak. "It kind of tamps down the drama", she said. But she is also very aware of the political advantages they carry. "It's good, but it's clearly saying, 'Hey guys, I'm a progressive and I want to be president maybe".

Bates said he does not believe that free tuition will devalue education.

Germany, with particularly high income taxes, has one of the most inclusive debt-free college programs, offering free college to foreign students as well.

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But Goldrick-Rab, the author of the recent book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, called the provision that students must live and work in NY a "poison pill" by limiting mobility, among other factors.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins noted that one of the biggest failures was on ethics reform, which was under the microscope after the leaders of both houses of the Legislature were convicted on corruption charges in the previous year.

But even as higher education experts applaud the concept of free tuition, they question finer points of New York's plan and whether it's a model that should be replicated elsewhere.

"It's absolutely bait and switch", she said. "There are so many things that we could have done". Cuomo was US housing secretary in the administration of former President Bill Clinton before winning office as NY attorney general and then governor, the position his father, the late Mario Cuomo, held when he himself considered a run for the Oval Office. Bernie Sanders in recent months. She wants to give credit to Mr. Cuomo and the New York politicians for their idea, even if it doesn't go as far as she wishes.

But Cuomo, speaking in Syracuse, argued the push for shared services has the potential to "make a dramatic, dramatic difference". Current SUNY and CUNY students will be eligible for the scholarship beginning in the fall 2017 semester. Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey Sen.

He doesn't expect New York's action to have much effect on that. Kirsten Gillibrand and a long list of governors.

McMahon saw things differently, ripping the measure on his blog as a "gratuity for an already privileged caste of (mostly government) workers".

That didn't happen, and DiNapoli, who like Cuomo is a Democrat, voiced disappointment after his proposed reforms ended up on the cutting room floor.

"I think it will be a tremendous incentive to help stem the brain drain from NY state and particularly the North Country", she said. He stopped short of a full endorsement. "This is going to cost money, and it will make some parents happy, but I don't see it moving the accessibility needle".

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