75,000 Apply for N.Y. Funds, but Not All Can Get AidAugust 29, 2017 |
by David W. Chen
This spring, when Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo won approval for his groundbreaking Excelsior Scholarship program to make college tuition-free for some students at New York’s public colleges and universities, the state anticipated that 23,000 people would benefit, sharing $87 million in funding.
Instead, 75,000 people applied.
And that means, in a program designed to help make higher education more affordable and accessible, roughly two-thirds of those who applied won’t get help.