Assemblyman James Skoufis is sponsoring legislation to give students free tuition to SUNY and CUNY schools if they agree to certain requirements. Participants would have to do 250 hours of community service each year, and then after graduation they’d need to stay in the state for at least five years. The goal is to help make college more affordable and assist non-profits around the state.
Pell grants and TAP do not come close to covering tuition, room and board at SUNY anymore.
Pell Grants and TAP still do cover CUNY costs if a student is eligible for them.
Still, I have seen way too many students have to take out $5000+ a year in loans lately to go to a SUNY school.
It would be great if there was some kind of program that gave students the opportunity to attend a SUNY school without having to go $20,000+ into debt to do it.
I have my doubts that Sheriff Andy Como would want this to happen - he likes to pass on the costs of tax cuts for rich people to working class and middle class college kids and their families.
But good to see this legislation introduced.