Lawmakers Call Cuomo’s Free College Plan for New York a Sham

NewImage“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” 


The New York Post reports:

Critics blast Cuomo’s free-college-tuition plan as a ‘sham’

Lawmakers are calling Gov. Cuomo’s free-college-tuition plan a “sham” because it won’t help as many students as promised and low-income students could still be stuck with big bills.

State legislators are picking apart Cuomo’s $163 million proposal — which would cover tuition at public colleges for in-state students whose families earn less than $100,000 — while slamming a provision that raises tuition at CUNY and SUNY by $250 per year.

“This is not about free tuition, it’s about shifting costs and putting added burdens on people in the city,” one legislator said. “This is a sham.”

Critics say the eligibility rules for the free-tuition program are too stringent for students who are enrolled part-time or have jobs outside class. Students must complete 120 credit hours in four years to remain eligible.

2 thoughts on “Lawmakers Call Cuomo’s Free College Plan for New York a Sham”

    1. Notice the shift in the wording? The article starts off by saying that college is tuition-free. Then it says that it’s funded through a real estate transfer tax. That means that people will pay more in real estate taxes (including rentals) in order to transfer the wealth to the students.

      That’s not “free”.

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