Thousands of students are applying for New York’s new tuition-elimination program.
More than 3,000 applications were filed hours after the Excelsior Scholarship plan went live yesterday. The program covers four-years of in-state tuition to SUNY and CUNY schools for families that earn no more than $125,000 a year.
The deal generally requires students to stay in state for a period of time after graduation and doesn’t cover housing, meals or books.
It has also drawn heavy criticism from leaders of in-state private colleges, which are not included in the program.