This from cnn.com:
New York’s ambitious tuition-free plan was debated for more than six hours Tuesday at the state legislature’s first public hearing on the matter.
On Tuesday, state legislators discussed who would be eligible, how much it would cost taxpayers, and if it a tuition-free policy is the best way to make college more affordable for New York families.
Cuomo put the proposal in this year’s budget, which means it must be reviewed and voted on by the legislature before April 1.
As proposed, New York could be the first state to make tuition free at both community colleges and four-year degree programs statewide. (Rhode Island is considering a similar proposal during the state’s budget negotiations, and both Tennessee and Oregon have made two-year community college programs tuiton-free.)
Students at New York’s public colleges — SUNY and CUNY schools — would pay nothing for tuition as long as they fell below an income cap, which would be phased in over the first three years of the program. It would first apply to families who earn $100,000 this year, then to those who earn $110,000 or less next year, and eventually reaching $120,000 or less in 2019.
There’s still a couple of months to hammer out the details — and for lawmakers to decide whether or not the program, called the Excelsior Scholarship, should be in the state budget at all.
Here are some parts of the plan that drew the most concern from lawmakers on Tuesday:
Excluding part-time students