The question of “how are they going to pay for it?” is starting to be answered.
ALBANY – If you’re not getting free SUNY tuition this fall, you will be paying more.The state University of New York this week quietly voted to raise tuition by $200 on students who are not eligible for the free tuition program, called the Excelsior Scholarship, that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature instituted in April for households who earn less than $100,000 a year.
So for those students whose household income is more than $100,000 and who attend four-year colleges, their tuition will grow from $6,470 to $6,670 this fall, a 3 percent increase. The state’s community colleges set their own tuition.
But then comes the money shot, presented with nary a hint of irony.
SUNY officials said the higher tuition is needed to pay for courses as costs rise.
So in a climate where the cost of offering courses has risen, the best remedy for that was simply making it free? Think about this for a second; they had to raise tuition on those left to pay it who didn’t qualify for the handout while telling others they had no obligation to pay for their education whatsoever.
How can any one look at this as sane, fair, or at the very least moral?