April 4, 2017 Nicole Bowden
No, you didn’t read the title of this article wrong. College tuition has become free but only for public universities in the state of New York. Last Monday, state governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on this new law and explained that it was to “implore the American dream and to restore the path of opportunities.” While this is a great idea and an effective one for the students in the state, there are a few catches to this new idea.
While this is a good idea for the state to make and is good news for students within the state, but like mentioned before there are still a few setbacks. For one, is the barricade that is placed on this new law. The free tuition is only available to students who are part of a family that is middle class and earns $100,000 or less in income every year. With this requirement, it leaves out a major portion of students in the state still having to pay the full tuition into the universities and it ignores the private college. Also, with this new law, it only covers the tuition into the school which makes the students liable to paying the fee’s for the dorms, books, and any other types of fee’s that may have to be paid.
Those are the two major factors that are associated with this new scholarship but there are a few others that need to be noted. One is that when the students obtain this scholarship they are able to lose this also. With this scholarship students are required to keep a set GPA, must remain as a student full time, and has to earn at least 30 credits a year. It should be noted that there are some leeway possibilities. If a student has disabilities they are not required to register full time and taking summer classes are allowed to help gain the 30 credit hours. Another factor that should be known when trying to get this scholarship is that graduates have to stay in New York after graduation. Graduates have to live and work in the state of New York for as long as the scholarship was in use. So, if a graduate used the scholarship for four years they have to live and work in the state for four more years before leaving. If a graduate has to leave the state the scholarship will transform into a loan.
With New York making this big change to public college it has brought out a multitude of different questions. How long will it take for other states to follow along? Another is how long will this initial plan actually stay effective? Lastly, probably the more major one, is will this idea still run smoothly as they can hope?