Assemblyman James Skoufis, D-Woodbury, will discuss a new bill he has authored, Tuition-Free NY, at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at North Rockland High School, 106 Hammond Road in Thiells.
“College costs and student loan debt are at all-time highs, and it’s making it more and more difficult for our students to get ahead in life,” Skoufis said. “I’ve introduced legislation that changes the equation so that truly affordable education is within reach for all New Yorkers.”
The bill, which has also been introduced by state Senator Diane Savino of Staten Island, would provide free undergraduate tuition for all students admitted to a SUNY or CUNY school and fulfill requirements of community service and residency after graduation.
Students who opt into the program would be required to perform a minimum of 250 hours of community service for each year of participation. For students enrolled in a designated science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degree program, the service requirement would be 125 hours.
Students would also be required to live and work in New York State for a period of at least five years following graduation.