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Cuomo: nearly 80 percent of families across WNY eligible for tuition-free college in new budget

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Posted at 3:06 PM, Apr 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-08 15:17:56-04

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo says nearly 80 percent of families across Western New York with college age kids will be eligible for tuition-free college at SUNY and CUNY colleges under new state budget.

According to Cuomo, families that make up to $125,000, or 68,712 families in WNY would be eligible. The 2017 budget also includes an additional $8 million dollars to educational resources such as e-books to both SUNY and CUNY colleges.

The governor says that the Excelsior Scholarship is a first-of-its-kind in the nation. 

The budget has yet to pass in the state senate and assembly.