New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is looking to make tuition free for all New York Residents. Republicans are countering his plan saying that there is a better way to make college affordable that would help more people than his liberal plan would.
Governor Cuomo’s plan excludes private colleges.
Republicans want to expand the state’s grant program for low-income residents to any accredited college in New York, not just for the State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY).
This plan would lower the cost of college much more effectively for more New Yorkers than Cuomo’s plan would.
The Republican plan works because it raises the income threshold for qualification to $125,000. Hopefully, liberals will listen to this great plan instead of shunning it automatically because it comes from Republicans.
A student would save a lot of money by choosing a CUNY or a SUNY, but if they decided to go to Syracuse University, a private institution that is accredited in New York State, they will not qualify for the same amount.
The Tuition Assistance Program, known as TAP, currently awards students between $500 and $5,165 depending on their financial need. Families who earn more than $80,000 a year don’t qualify. Kolb suggests raising the maximum award to $6,470 — the current cost of tuition at SUNY and CUNY schools — and giving students who already get a TAP award an extra $500.
“For young people who have written college off because they assume they can’t afford it, they’ll hear about this and think, ‘Maybe college isn’t out of reach for me,’” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher last month. Cuomo estimates that his plan would cost the state $163 million in its first year, on top of the $1 billion it already spends on TAP. His office expects 200,000 students to attend college tuition-free once fully implemented. The Republicans say their plan would cost roughly the same, but reduce the cost of college for at least 336,000 students. They also want to make graduate students eligible for TAP awards, and offer tax credits for residents paying off student loans.