New York Is First U.S. State To Offer Free 4-Year College Tuition | NBC Nightly News

New York Is First U.S. State To Offer Free 4-Year College Tuition | NBC Nightly News

August 21, 2019 24 By Stanley Isaacs


FOLLOW NEW YORK’S
LEAD
HERE IS NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT JOE LEAN
KENT.
>>IT’S VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT COULD OPEN
A LOT OF DOORS,
ESPECIALLY FROM ME COMING FROM A LOW NEW
MEXICO — INCOME
FAMILY. >>Reporter: IT IS
WITHIN HER GRASP
THANKS TO A PROGRAM IN NEW YORK STATE.
STUDENTS FROM FAMILIES
MAKING LESS THAN $100,000 A YEAR WILL
GET FREE COLLEGE
TUITION AT STATE UNIVERSITIES THIS
FALL.
THE INCOME REQUIREMENT RISES TO $110,000 THE
FOLLOWING YEAR AND
$125,000 THE YEAR AFTER WITH TUITION AT
STATE FOUR-YEAR
COLLEGES COSTING ABOUT $6500 A YEAR, THAT
ADDS UP TO $26,000,
NOT INCLUDING ROOM AND BOARD.
>>COLLEGE IS WHAT
HIGH SCHOOL WAS 50 YEARS AGO.
AND 50 YEARS AGO WE
HAD THE SENSE AS A SOCIETY TO SAY, FREE
PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL.
>>Reporter: THE FAMILY IS ONE OF THE
80% OF NEW YORK
FAMILIES WITH COLLEGE-AGE CHILDREN
EXPECTED TO BE
ELIGIBLE FOR FREE TUITION.
TO QUALIFY, STUDENTS
MUST ENROLL FULL TIME AND AVERAGE 30 CREDITS
A YEAR, MAINTAIN THE
GPA REQUIRED TO GRADUATE AND LIVE AND
WORK IN STATE AFTER
COLLEGE THE SAME NUMBER OF YEARS THEY
RECEIVED TUITION
ASSISTANCE. FREE TWO-YEAR COLLEGE
IS IS OFFERED IN
TENNESSEE, OREGON, MINNESOTA AND
CALIFORNIA.
>>TODAY’S ANNOUNCEMENT IN NEW
YORK COULD REALLY
INSPIRE OTHER STATES TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM
OF COLLEGE
AFFORDABILITY. >>Reporter: THIS FALL
SHE HEADS TO THE CITY
UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK TO MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY
AND BECOME A DOCTOR.
>>I WILL BE ABLE, YOU KNOW, TO GO TO COLLEGE
WITHOUT HAVING A BIG
BU