Free tuition doesn't mean free college, students point out

Feb 6, 2017
Originally published on February 6, 2017 6:25 am

color:#333333">BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — They don't mean to sound ungrateful, but ... New York public college students who stand to gain from the nation's most ambitious free-tuition proposal point to a sobering reality: Free tuition doesn't mean free college.

color:#333333">Students tell The Associated Press tuition help is welcome but the $6,500-a-year expense is only about a third of the total bill when things like housing and books are added.

color:#333333">Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal would pay the difference between financial aid and tuition at public colleges for students whose families earn $125,000 or less.

color:#333333">Cuomo's office says the goal is to provide the most students with the greatest opportunity.

color:#333333">The New York proposal is one of an increasing number of plans across the country aimed at the nation's $1.2 trillion in student debt.