Recently in the news Governor Cuomo decided that a good revision of the New York State budget should include free tuition for those who qualify.
Currently, community colleges go between $2,500 and $3,000 per year depending on the area in New York State. However colleges in the state of New York that are four year universities are much more expensive going from $6,000 and onward per semester. Some well recognized colleges such as NYU cost nearly $50,000 per year to attend.
Fees and amounts have now been deciphered to the governor and senators of New York State and the blueprints are in the works. The free college plan so far is in the air still but so far the plan is aimed to SUNY schools exclusively (not including any private colleges like Columbia University in New York City or CUNY schools like New York University). There is talk of some other things that must be met in order to qualify for free college like having a family that makes under six figures ($125,000 minimum). There is also talk of having to have at least a 3.00 GPA in order to qualify for free tuition, but everything is still in the works.
For New York State where colleges normally exceed the ten thousands for four year schools, and where college textbooks can easily cost you five hundred dollars or more for one single semester it is safe to say that free tuition would help many low income and middle class citizens with tuition. As a New Yorker myself I can concur that free college would benefit my fellow New Yorkers and as someone who is a college student and experiences and pays the price to get an education in New York I can honestly say that the New York budget is stepping in the right direction.