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Free college tuition for middle class in New York state soon

New York is set to make tuition at public colleges and universities free for middle-class students.

Published: 10th April 2017 06:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th April 2017 06:28 PM   |  A+A-

Brooklyn College students walk between classes on campus in New York. (File Photo | AP)

By AFP

ALBANY: New York is set to make tuition at public colleges and universities free for middle-class students.

The tuition initiative is part of a new state budget approved Sunday by the state Senate, a day after the Assembly approved it.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) proposed the tuition plan, which will cost an estimated $163 million.

In-state students whose families earn $125,000 or less will be eligible. Cuomo says the idea is to provide new economic opportunities for New Yorkers by making college more affordable.

The budget was due by April 1, but passage was delayed by difficulties in negotiations.



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