New York became the first state in the country to provide tuition-free education at two- and four-year public colleges on April 11.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City to enact the Excelsior Scholarship, which will provide tuition-free state college for families making $100,000 or less in annual income.
He was joined by former New York senator and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The governor first announced the plan in January at the college when he was joined by Senator Bernie Sanders.
“This state used to have the most educated workforce in the United States of America,” Cuomo said. “Now, New York is 12 in the nation. The state with the most educated workforce is the state that is going to succeed long term from an economic development point of view.”
Students enrolled in SUNY or CUNY schools whose families report a certain gross income on