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New York is the latest state to offer free college tuition for its residents -- but there's a catch. Students must remain in the state after graduation or pay the tuition back as a loan.

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who announced the benefit on Monday, said the rule was necessary to prevent students from taking advantage of the freebie and leaving the state.

The announcement comes amid reports that tens of thousands of New Yorkers are fleeing the state at "an alarming rate" due to lack of jobs and high rent.

The free college initiative covers tuition for in-state students attending college or universities, whose families earn $125,000 or less.

The benefit extends to illegal aliens living in NYC, a sanctuary city that harbors undocumented aliens and protects them from arrest or deportation.

Students must remain in New York for as many years as they attended college. If they move out of state for a new job or for personal reasons, they must repay the tuition as a loan.

Republican lawmakers in the state pushed for the loan requirement, according to

Democratic governors are offering all types of incentives and handouts to win back the majority seats in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • Phillybruh
  • SpiceGirl

    can we get the rest of the states to jump on board??

  • JV

    Huh, Sandra quoted Breibart but her article still checks out. Well if she's too lazy to troll this morning, she's asking a lot out of the rest of us to start conversation!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Democratic governors are offering all types of incentives and handouts to win back the majority seats in the 2018 midterm elections
    They better do something because they learned the hard way that folks are not blindly voting for them anymore -- even if it means having a turd in office...

  • Nikki Minor

    Sandra is trolling hard this morning with the handout comment LOL

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLLOLLOL!!!! Leave Sandy alone!!! Maybe she just needs some time off before getting the rose garden all riled up...

  • reddfoxxy16

    HEY!!!!! MY GIRL, ROSE NYLON, LOL...:-)

  • Phillybruh

    No I think the turd in office changes things. But they still have to work for the vote.

  • klwbaby

    Call it a handout or whatever but the cost of college is ridiculous so I hope more states offer this program.

  • Jen_no_juice

    Are they guaranteed jobs in the state of NY? So if folks are leaving NY for jobs now you want young folks to choose between being unemployed and/or possibly homeless or paying back tuition?

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Handouts really Sandra ? he is simply reallocating tax dollars to cover the tuitions. Now who pays taxes? the residents which includes the students and their parents ?

  • Phillybruh

    Get you a mall gig and a roommate and mark off the 4 years on a wall them loans ain't fun!

  • JV

    GOP almost lost that congressional seat in deep red Kansas -- they were supposed to win that by 30%, only sneaked by. Trump's doing a lot of the work for them -- for the Democrats, that is.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Yep... I don't REALLY want a turd in office but at least it's a wake up call for the Dems. Maybe now they realize that we the people are not for their bullshyt any longer because for years they took our vote for granted. I still can't get over Hillary talking 'bout carrying hot sauce in her bag! SMH...

  • MystyBlu

    NC has this as well for certain professions. I have a forgivable loan due to my major. I have to work one year in NC and it's forgiven or pay it back if I move. No controversy here ????? I prefer this type of loan to a stafford. It's a good opportunity.

  • Quitedeliteful

    And I thank him... LOLLOLLOL!!!

  • Itzgoingdown

    This is the backwards logic of the ideology of EXTREME LIBERALS. What good is free college tution if 70nto 80% of black kids go to the worst high school and grammar schools in their city and state (ie most can't read or can barely read)?

    Liberals SOCIAL ENGINEERING has blacks in a Trck Bag. Black females have the sexond highest college drop out rate of any group EXCEPT black males. Leaving both groups with student loans they’ve never be able to payoff in their life time. Also, this gentrication thats going on in big citiies is white liberals way of legally segregating themselves from blacks, fact. Their just doing it through economics. In the end result its the Same result.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I do not have a problem with this at all.

  • JV

    Yeah, for this you just have to stay in the state for as long as you received the benefit. So if you go to a college for one year on this program, then you need to spend a year in the state. Fair.

  • Legacy

    How TF does this benefit extend to illegal aliens?? And people wonder why people voted for Trump. We have catered to these people long enough. It's extremely unfair to rightful citizens.

  • Carrington

    Still a helluva deal... I would love to see the plan to pay for this though...

  • disqus_FW7pCIigCY

    Stay for how long...,, a few years.... Or forever?

  • Jarret Ford

    It does not extend to illegal immigrants. Sandra posted incorrect info.

  • Jarret Ford

    Stay for as long as you used the free tuition.

    So if you used 4 years worth of tuition, you have to stay 4 years.

  • Jarret Ford

    If they do college the correct way, the amount of networking done during their undergrad, should help with the job search, after graduation.

  • AggieMom96

    Georgia also has a free tuition plan for state and local colleges - been that way for years. I think it's based on grades though. Every state should do this. Excellent use of taxpayer monies!

  • AggieMom96

    Undocumented children can attend school. This isn't Syria boo!

  • Armymom20

    What is "Many Years" after they graduate? its still a good thing.

  • SpiceGirl

    ohhhh didn't know this was about BLACK folks!!

  • Taylordanes

    They have nursing programs that pay your tuition and require you to work a certain hospitals a certain amount of one. There's always a catch...

  • Taylordanes

    And then illegal one #alternativefacts

  • Roderick2011

    SMR: Students must remain in New York for as many years as they attended college. If they move out of state for a new job or for personal reasons, they must repay the tuition as a loan.

    That doesn't sound practical or enforceable.

    It will be interesting to see the results after a this plan has been in effect after say a decade.

  • kennedy campbell

    my job pays for my school and the catch is that i have to at least give them one year before i can just up and quit or i will have to pay them back

  • ?Time2Shine?

    Not a bad deal at all. And even for the people in NY, if they're in college for 4 years and are only to remain in NY for 4 years after graduation, then that's a good deal too. They can use those 4 years to build their experience and if they still want to move on, then they should be allowed to do so.

  • Liah

    I think Its a great Idea!...

  • the guest

    If you get free education in NYS, it is only right that you remain in the state a few years after graduation and work to the benefit of the state's economy.

  • Tamara Artis-Dawkins

    Still a win win situation!!!

  • the guest

    There's always work in NY. Anyone who wants a job can get one. It's the cost of living and quality of life that defeats people. It's discouraging to people to make upwards of $30 an hour and live with four other people and can't progress past survival.

    If offered the right job in a city with a more advantageous salary to cost of living ratio, some people will leave and just replay the loans.

  • Mr. LeBrick James

    Sounds fair and reasonable to me.

  • Mr. LeBrick James

    "Students must remain in New York for as many years as they attended college. "

  • the guest

    @itzgoingdown said: "Also, this gentrication that's going on in all the big citiies is white liberals way of legally segregating themselves from blacks, fact. They're just doing it through economics. The end result is the same. Stop letting these people make fools of you. White liberals aren't spending any REAL MONEY with blacks. Black economics and the academics of black kids is not their priority."

    FINALLY someone who GETS the concept, nuance, deception, and agenda of liberal white racism. Liberal whites like blacks as charity projects and photo ops but liberal whites HATE blacks as equals, co-workers, and neighbors. They don't even want to live around classed and cultured or wealthy black tokens.

    There's not a liberal white on the face of this planet who is at peace with any black having equal to or more than them.

  • RespectSelf

    sounds good. State invest in your education then you invest your education into the state.

  • Itzgoingdown

    Now ya know! Carry on with the blind ignorance. It's the same logic of a slave who loves his benevolent massa,

  • SpiceGirl

    rolls eyes.....smh

  • Keekz

    Thank you.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    But are the illegals paying taxes?
    I am all for bettering your life but at the expense of me & mine........................................................

  • ibedatchick

    Dammit....this would have been great six yrs and 80,000 later...... at least the mini-me's get in for free.

    AND....these NYC illegals pay more than their fair share of taxes (more than these damn republicans and billy bob from the back roads of Arkansas who is on disability but never ever worked a damn legal job in his life) and the you now how much it cost to cash a damn check at these check cashing places? Do you know how much extra (on top of the high costs) landlords charge those they know are undocumented.....

    This is not different than social workers getting free tuition in exchange for agreeing to work within a certain field for a certain number of years or loan forgiveness if you are a teacher...stop making it bigger than it is!

  • Dowoop

    They pbly not making enough to pay the damn taxes,

  • Renee26

    Lucky Bastards!

  • Renee26

    Probably not...working under false names and such. If you're illegal why do things legally IJS

  • Renee26

    Going to college at 17-18 that makes them adults and if they are still illegal after all that time it's a problem


    Lol ? okay but how does that work with the state trying to be a sanctuary. So they are down to pay for the world.
    Wow on the tax payers dime. Lol I am waiting for the west coast to pull a 1/2 arse stunt. I know it's going to be Washington or California... lol 1st taxes crazy high on the working.


    Lol illegals and fair.. lol uhmmm yeah right .

  • Mel

    This is excellent and the terms and conditions aren't to bad. I complain about NY a lot but have no plans of leaving so if I get this program they don't have to worry bout my ass leaving the state before the 4yrs ?

  • JV

    Unless they're working under the table, they have taxes taken out of their check every week. They also pay sales and property taxes. A lot of illegal immigrants aren't paying any taxes, but there's a lot also that are.

  • JV

    I'm so mad I missed that. I gave her read a free pass at first and I was thinking to myself, "No.. I HAVE to be missing SOMETHING!"

  • Willette Capers

    Makes sense. My job is paying for my Ph.D. For every year they pay is an extra year I have to stay when I'm done. Very reasonable!

  • Kayke

    People are currently jobless in NY, 24th highest unemployment rate..... where are these miracle jobs coming from that will sustain current residents and newcomers after graduation. Countries such as Denmark, who offer free tuition do not force their graduates to be residents. Its unrealistic because the economics cant support such a model. Most people are going to owe tuition to these over priced NY universities having to seek employment elsewhere. Show me the plan, I'm not easily excited.

  • dontgetblocked

    Here's the short of it. If you want a free education, you'll take advantage of the deal. If not, pay tuition. Take it or leave it and stop complaining.

  • dontgetblocked

    These aliens get over on Americans.

  • The Dutchess

    This should be in every state

  • Gee Rilestein

    I think New York is doing that to stop all the private colleges like everest etc...these private colleges will promise a job in a heartbeat sign you up for 30k cna, medical assistant phlebotomy job etc to come out to make $10 meanwhile the average person with loan is living so below the poverty line and on the hook for a loan they'll never repay thus enriching the private colleges and weakening the states and the one ones who issue the school loans..

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  • AggieMom96 They're merit based but it equates to free tuition. In looking this up for you I didn't realize they had so many offerings.

  • Queen B

    Damn i wish they had that when i was in college I graduated from Clark Atlanta in 2008 and my black ass still in Atlanta lol

  • Unity Love Peace

    Taxes are not just payroll ? Anything they buy is taxed no matter where the source of income

  • Tea??

    They get dibs on everything in this country. Meanwhile a citizen that isn't in New York gets nothing.


    ?? congratulations ? people who came in not following any laws you all really expect them to follow the tax code..... suuurree

  • Maxima

    Illegals cannot take advantage, but neither can part-time students. City College has a very, very large population of part-time students. The cost of living in NYC, you betta work and go to school. 15 credits a year, meaning you must go to summer school. This is not a good idea, the residents cannot afford it.

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  • chris

    Doesn't this at least take care of your first complaint of dropout debt? If a child can't read is the parents fault. I agree with everything else.

  • SoChlo

    It's admirable New York took the first step in implementing a free college program. Instead of investing in wars and destruction we should invest in our people. Just like the ACA, it's not perfect but all parties should work together to IMPROVE it.

  • Armymom20

    Someone said 4 years.

  • Itzgoingdown

    The parents can't read. They went to the SAME HORRIBLE GHETTO SCHOOLS!