Free Tuition Plan Sparks Debate

SARANAC LAKE — The head of the Department of Labor and other state officials took questions and comments from parents, guidance counselors and North Country Community College faculty and staff Tuesday during a round-table discussion on New York’s new Excelsior Scholarship program.

Enacted earlier this year, the program provides free tuition at the state’s two- and four-year public colleges and universities for in-state students from families earning up to $125,000 per year.

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