Monday, April 10, 2017

A very misleading news headline

New York just OK'd tuition-free college for middle class


And no one else?

Not the rich?

Not the poor?

Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the tuition-free plan in January. 

Lawmakers agreed to include it in the state budget, which was approved by the Assembly on Saturday and by the Senate late Sunday night. 

The governor is expected to sign the budget bills.

Tuition will be free for residents who earn up to a specific income cap, which will be phased in over the first three years.

Starting this fall, undergraduate students who attend a State University of New York or City University of New York school will be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship if their families earn no more than $100,000 a year. 

The income cap will lift to $110,000 next year and will reach $125,000 in 2019.

OK, so, not the rich.

But everybody else, including the poor and the very poorest, is in.

So why the totally misleading headline?

Come to that, tuition and other costs at these schools aren't that high, anyway, compared to private schools in pretty much any state.

Those eligible will pay nothing for tuition, which costs $6,470 annually at four-year schools and about $4,350 a year at community colleges. 

But they will still be on the hook for the cost of fees and room and board if they live on campus. 

Those other expenses can add up to $14,000 a year.

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