From Emily Tai
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new Excelsior Scholarship -- specifics in the 2017 New York State Budget -- is stirring debate across New York State and the country.
Private universities worry about the impact the scholarship will have on their enrollments. Some critics argue that the 30-credit-a-year requirement will exclude part-time students. They are also concerned by a residency requirement — added by state Republicans — that turns the scholarship into a loan unless, after graduation, scholarship recipients live and work in New York for up to five years.
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