Free College? Do the Math

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a big splash this week when he announced a fairly inexpensive plan to make college tuition-free for as many as 1 million New Yorkers. Unfortunately, the math doesn’t appear to add up.

Cuomo’s plan would force the state to fully cover college tuition bills beginning this autumn for any of the more than 400,000 New Yorkers who attend full-time a city or state university (including the two systems’ two-year schools), so long as they come from a household that annually makes no more than $100,000 (rising to $125,000 by 2019).

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