Critics: “Free” Plan Won’t Help Most Vulnerable

Critics of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s free tuition plan contend it will only help middle-class students who were already college-bound, and that it won’t help raise the state’s 65% graduation rate.

The plan would cover any additional tuition balance after all grants are applied, but for most low-income students, room and board costs — sometimes twice the cost of tuition — are the true barrier to entry and completion.

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