By Paul Schmitt
New York’s first-in-the-nation free tuition for middle-class college students is a having other states possibly start similar programs. According to the Associated Press, New York’s plan would cover in-state public college tuition for students who are full time and whose families earn less than $125,000. The program includes a restriction that requires recipients to live and work in the state for the number of years they receive the benefit or pay it back as converted loan. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says this is a good step in the direction of addressing the issue of the high cost of education.
The undergraduate in-state tuition and fees per semester at the schools in the University of Wisconsin system range from a just over $2,500 to $5,208 at U.W.-Madison.