Critics Says N.Y. Plan Neglects Needy

Tuition has become so expensive that going to college is a financial strain for nearly everyone who isn’t megawealthy. And although New York’s pioneering program to cover tuition costs at both two-year and four-year colleges will offer relief to the middle class, critics are disappointed that it won’t lighten the burden on many of the state’s most in-need students.

The Excelsior Scholarship program, which New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed into law Wednesday, ensures New Yorkers free tuition at the state’s public colleges if their families earn less than $125,000 annually.

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