April 12, 2017

Statement from CCA President on New York’s Excelsior Scholarship Program

National nonprofit Complete College America released today the following statement from organization president Tom Sugar regarding New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tuition-free college plan:

“Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship signals a powerful focus on student success and college completion in the State of New York, while strengthening the ongoing efforts to increase college access for middle- and low-income residents. The program’s 30-credit requirement – which has been criticized by some – is a research-proven strategy to raise GPAs, increase retention rates and ultimately boost college completion in the state. Further, this built-for-completion scholarship is a call to action to institutions to make structural changes that put more students on track for on-time graduation, providing a better return on investment for taxpayers and saving New York families millions of dollars in the process.”

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