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New Yorkers Can Now Attend New York State Schools For Free

Future SUNY and CUNY students are ecstatic to hear state schools will be free to New Yorkers for the first time ever. (c) Binghamton.edu

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New York State is Making State Schools Free for New Yorkers

By Josh Radler BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (NCC News) — New York recently became the first state to make four-year state school tuition free. The plan is set to begin this fall. In 2017, students whose families make $100,000 and under qualify. By 2019, that requirement will rise to $125,000.   Being able to go to college for free opens up opportunities for students who previously may not have been able to go to school. High School senior. “My best friend can go to college now. Before this he couldn’t afford it,” said Spencer Weiss.

Weiss is a high school senior who plans on attending Binghamton University in the fall. He thinks state schools should all be free. “So many students can’t afford the more expensive schools. Public schools are supposed to be the option that people living in a state can afford. If they are too expensive than so many people are losing out on an education.”

“So many students can’t afford the more expensive schools. Public schools are supposed to be the option that people living in a state can afford. If they are too expensive than so many people are losing out on an education, he said.”

New York state residents used to pay $6,470 in tuition to attend a SUNY school like Binghamton University.