Rep. Maloney Applauds Governor Cuomo’s New York State College Tuition Plan
New York, NY –Today, Rep. Carolyn Maloney joined New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Secretary Hillary Clinton at LaGuardia College where the Governor signed into law the Excelsior Scholarship program, a first-in-the nation program to offer free tuition to all New York public colleges and universities for New York families earning up to $125,000 annually. Years of tuition increases have threatened to put higher education out of reach for many working-class families. The Excelsior Program will help remove some of the barriers that have prevented New Yorkers from getting an affordable higher education.
“I applaud Governor Cuomo for making New York the first state in the nation to make all state universities and colleges tuition free for families who earn up $125,000 annually,” said Rep. Maloney. “With the average college student in New York graduating with nearly $30,000 in student loan debt, it can take decades to pay off student loans, preventing too many New Yorkers from moving forward in their careers, buying homes, or starting families. By making college more affordable, we not only help the graduates but we also boost our economy by educating our workforce. I’m thrilled that New York is leading the nation to make higher education more affordable and accessible for working families.”