Governor Cuomo Announces Excelsior Scholarship Proposal

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On Tuesday, January 3, 2016, Governor Cuomo, made a special announcement at La Guardia Community College. Governor Cuomo, Senator Bernie Sanders and CUNY Trustee Bill Thompson spoke about the proposal of the Excelsior Scholarship- free tuition to any 2 year or 4 year CUNY and SUNY colleges for households making under $125,000 a year. CUNY Trustee Bill Thompson stated that “Higher education is not a privilege, but a right.” “Our economy has changed. The economy changed from manufacturing jobs to high tech jobs” Governor Cuomo remarked, adding that jobs have increased in NYS, but you need a college education for 70% of those jobs. Senator Bernie Sanders said that “We must have the best educated workforce in the world. Governor Cuomo has revolutionary idea for education.”

 

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