Over the weekend, New York State approved a free tuition as part of the state budget. Under the plan, the state will supplement aid for in-state residents whose families earn $125,000 or less, providing tuition-free education at all state public two- and four-year colleges, according to USA Today.

“Today, college is what high school was—it should always be an option even if you can’t afford it,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement on the program’s inclusion in the state budget. “The Excelsior Scholarship will make college accessible to thousands of working and middle class students and shows the difference that government can make.”

The program does not cover room and board, which could run up to $14,000 a year.

Students must also agree to live and work in New York for the same number of years after graduation as they received the scholarship.

Currently Tennessee and Oregon both have programs offering free tuition at two-year community colleges.

The scholarship program kicks off this fall!


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