Gov. Cuomo proposes free college tuition

ROCHESTER — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo started off 2017 with a proposal to make college tuition-free for middle-class families at all SUNY and CUNY two- and four-year schools.

The Excelsior Scholarship is the first of its kind in the country, according to information from the governor’s office ( Under the proposal, more than 940,000 middle-class families and individuals with annual incomes of up to $125,000 would qualify for their children to attend college tuition-free at all public universities in the state.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren applauded the governor’s proposal in a statement.

"Education is the key to unlocking prosperity for all citizens and this (scholarship) will open untold doors for poor and working class children who are most in need of relief," she stated.

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