Unintended Consequences

I spent four years at a private university in New York and, to the surprise of no one, it was not free.

Associating the word “free” with college seems like an oxymoron. Has anyone even seen the price of a textbook? (Luckily, as a journalism major, I avoided spending hundreds of dollars a semester on textbooks compared to students in other majors.)

But here we are in New York, approaching a brave new world in which middle-class students who meet certain criteria will soon be eligible to attend a state university or college for free, thanks to legislation signed last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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