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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wave at the audience as they arrive onstage at an event at LaGuardia Community College, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, in New York. Gov. Cuomo announced a proposal for free tuition at state colleges to hundreds of thousands of low- and middle income residents. Under the governor's plan, which requires legislative approval, any college student accepted to a New York public university or two-year community college is eligible, provided their family earns less than $125,000. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Gov. Cuomo wants free college tuition for lower-income students in New York


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced a plan to make college tuition-free for middle-class and low-income New Yorkers. 

The plan, dubbed the Excelsior Scholarship, would grant free tuition to a student whose family makes less than $125,000 a year if they attend a state or city school, including community colleges, our partner at WSTM reports.

Cuomo revealed the plan Tuesday morning at a press conference in LaGuardia Community College in Queens.

Here's the tweet where Cuomo announced his plan.

College is a mandatory step if you really want to be a success... The debt is so high it's like starting a race with an anchor tied to your leg.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Cuomo's office said the scholarships would allow more than 940,000 families to send kids to college tuition-free. College is as essential to success as high school was 75 years ago, he says, and the state should pay for college as it did for high school.

Bernie Sanders, a proponent of tuition-free college, also spoke at the press conference.

Here's my prediction: If New York state does it this year, mark my words, state after state will follow.
Bernie Sanders

Cuomo hopes the plan can roll out by this fall, assuming it is approved by the state legislature. 

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