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Gov. Cuomo Signs Historic Excelsior Scholarship at LaGuardia,
with Special Guest Hillary Clinton

Gov. Cuomo- Free Tuition

The April 12th ceremonial signing of the New York State Excelsior Scholarship to make earning an associate's or bachelor's degree at a public college or university tuition-free for families making less than $125,000 was attended by (clockwise from top left): William C. Thompson Jr., chairman of the CUNY Board of Trustees; New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul; LaGuardia Community College President Gail O. Mellow; Jham Valenzuela, LaGuardia Community College nursing student; New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo; and, Secretary Hillary R. Clinton. Photo credit: LaGuardia Community College. 

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On April 12, 2017, Governor Cuomo, joined by Hillary Clinton, held an event at LaGuardia Community College to celebrate the inclusion of the Excelsior Scholarship program, to make attending a two- or four-year public college in New York State free for families making $125,000 or less, in the 2017-18 State Budget.

Statement on Free Tuition for Public Colleges from Dr. Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

Three months ago Governor Cuomo proposed, at LaGuardia Community College, a bold and visionary idea: free tuition for students attending one of New York’s public colleges. We’ve now arrived at a historic moment with the legislature’s approval of the Governor’s plan.

The Excelsior Scholarship recognizes that in today’s world it’s not enough to have a high school degree. People need a college degree to secure a well-paying job.

For our students, many of whom are low-income and first generation college students, the Excelsior Scholarship offers much hope and motivation. Our students will be able to work less and study more.


Images courtesy of Governor Cuomo's office

New York should be proud to be the first in the nation to secure free tuition. But, we will certainly not be the last. States across the nation are sure to follow Governor Cuomo’s approach as they see it act as a catalyst for not only getting students to attend and complete college, but also as an important lever to stimulate the state’s economy.

Dr. Gail O. Mellow
President, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY

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