New York set to become first state offering free tuition at 4-year colleges

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FILE - In this Wednesday Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, Brooklyn College students walk between classes on campus in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

NEW YORK — New York is one step away from becoming the first and only state in the nation to offer tuition-free college to middle-class residents.

It’s called the Excelsior Scholarship – a free tuition plan included in the state budget.

Lawmakers are expected to formally approve it on Monday.

The Excelsior Scholarship would cover college tuition for students whose families earn less than $125,000 a year and who are accepted to one of the state’s public community colleges or public four-year universities.

If approved, the program will be phased in over three years, first applying to families earning up to $100,000 this fall.

According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, those who take advantage of the scholarship must be enrolled full-time and maintain a certain grade point average and number of credits each year.

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