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New York State Will Offer Free College Tuition

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On Sunday, state lawmakers approved a bill to make New York the first state to offer free college tuition for middle- and low-income students, the Associated Press reports. The plan was originally proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in January.

Students whose families make $125,000 or less per year and who meet certain academic requirements will have their tuition covered at public colleges and universities. Non-tuition expenses, like room and board, are not included.

The plan will be phased in over the next two years, starting with a $100,000 family income cap this fall, which should climb to $125,000 by 2019.