Free tuition to SUNY and CUNY students whose families earn $125,000 or less a year

The new program will be phased in over three years, beginning for New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually in the fall of 2017, increasing to $110,000 in 2018, and reaching $125,000 in 2019.

Scholars must be enrolled in college full-time and average 30 credits per year (including Summer and January semesters) in order to receive the funding. The program, however, includes built in flexibility so that any student facing hardship is able to pause and restart the program, or take fewer credits one semester than another. Governor Cuomo's legislation is the first in the nation.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said, "By providing tuition-free college to thousands of middle class New Yorkers, we are restoring the promise of the American Dream for the next generation and forging a bold path forward of access and opportunity for the rest of the nation to follow. With a college education now a necessity to succeed in today's economy, I am proud to sign this first-in-the-nation legislation that will make college accessible, strengthen the middle class, and build a brighter future for all New Yorkers."