Free College Tuition for Middle Class New Yorkers
Begins in Fall 2017
The first-in-the-nation plan will be phased in over three years, beginning for New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually in the fall of 2017, increasing to $110,000 in 2018, and reaching $125,000 in 2019.
Alleviating the Burden of Student Loans
Making New York State's public universities tuition-free will alleviate the financial stresses of student loans and put more New Yorkers on a path to financial security.
Promotes On-Time Completion
The Excelsior Scholarship Program will encourage more students to graduate on time and will grow the number of graduates from our public universities.
Strengthening the Middle Class
By requiring counties to find efficiences for real taxpayer savings, the Budget continues the Governor's efforts to relieve the property tax burden for New Yorkers.
The Budget enacts an enhanced middle class child care tax credit that will help more than 200,000 middle-class families make their child care more affordable.
The 4.4% increase to Education Aid includes funding for pre-k and after school programs, and helps give students access to high-quality learning across the state.
About the FY 2018 Budget
The New York Promise
Raising the age of juvenile delinquency to 18-years-old ensures that young people who commit non-violent crimes receive the intervention and evidence-based treatment they need.
The Budget invests $10M to establish the nation's first legal defense fund to ensure all immigrants, regardless of residency status, have access to representation.
Investing in Jobs & Infrastructure
The Budget authorizes Transportation Network Companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to operate across New York and creates uniform licensing standards.
The $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act will overhaul New York's aging water infrastructure systems and ensure current and future New Yorkers have access to clean water.