Do undocumented students get free tuition in state budget?
budget, he said.
Funding for TAP increased from $915.3 million to $947.7 million. The vast majority of the increase, $27 million, will fund Dreamers, Klopott said. The rest of the increase, $5.4 million, is for other students, he said. Not counting the $27 million for Dreamers, the TAP allocation increased less than 1 percent.
A spokesman for Cuomo called Flanagan’s statement “false and misleading” because it ignores other actions in the budget to expand access to higher education through the state’s Excelsior Program, which provides free tuition at SUNY and CUNY campuses for in-state students.
“The Excelsior Program will enter the third and final year of a three-year phase-in, with the income eligibility increasing to allow New Yorkers with household incomes up to $125,000 to be eligible,” said Cuomo spokesman Don Kaplan.
The Excelsior Scholarship has several rules recipients must follow, including a stipulation that they live in New York State for the length of time the award was received.