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Cuomo tuition plan goes to middle class

Jan 11, 2017 12:04 am
Mikhail Zinshteyn reports at the Education Writers Association about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to make tuition free year at New York’s public colleges and universities for students from families earning less than $125,000. Matt Chingos, a scholar at the Urban Institute, compares Cuomo's plan to previous proposals from Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign. “The Sanders and Clinton plans – they included middle-income people, some upper-income people, but that’s a way to get broad-based political support for a program that’s also going to have significant benefits for low-income people,” he said. “Whereas the Cuomo plan gives zero benefits to low-income people; it’s completely a handout to the middle class.” The Clinton and Sanders plans were “first-dollar” programs, with students receiving free tuition on top of what they’d receive in federal grants. Cuomo’s plan is a “last-dollar” proposal as the free-tuition benefits only come after all other federal and state grants are applied to a student’s tuition bill. The Cuomo plan most benefits families with income between $40,000 and $125,000 annually, but only covers tuition. Read the full story at the Education Writers Association website.
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