Do un­doc­u­mented stu­dents get free tu­ition in state bud­get?

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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.

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