New York's Excelsior Scholarship is the first of its kind. It covers the cost of tuition for qualifying students who are enrolled in a two- or four-year degree program at any of the state's 88 public colleges and university campuses.



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While similar programs in other states have made tuition free for community college students, the Excelsior Scholarship is the first to include those pursuing a four-year degree.

The scholarship could save students as much as $27,000 over four years by cutting out tuition costs. The award doesn't cover fees charged by the school, or room and board. Students must also agree to live in state after college for the same number of years they received the scholarship, or it will be converted to a loan.

The first New Yorkers go to college tuition-free

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When I was a kid (living in a

When I was a kid (living in a very affordable New York City) the entire city higher-education system was tuition-free. While the city seems to have become wealthier (new condos at $20 million?), working people have become poorer.

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