And some observers say Cuomo is already acting like it, increasingly positioning himself with party leaders, aiming his message at middle-class angst and touting measures such as free tuition as an example of the kind of big ideas he can accomplish.
Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance alongside Cuomo as he signed the bill.
They say the plan, which covers tuition at public colleges for students whose families earn $125,000 or less, offers the least assistance to the neediest students, whose tuition is already covered by other aid.
The scholarship program will have a three-year rollout, with NY families making up to $100,000 qualifying in the fall of 2017, families under $110,000 qualifying the year after, and families making under $125,000 qualifying in 2019.
To qualify, students must attend school full time and be on track to graduate within two or four years, depending on the degree they are seeking. Recipients also must remain in NY for as many years as they received the benefit and repay the money as a loan if they take a job elsewhere. "Maybe he'll present himself as a progressive who gets things done". Consequently, more people will benefit from it in 2020 as the limit goes up to $125,000.
Skoufis has advocated for a tuition-free SUNY and CUNY since he introduced legislation to that end in early 2014.
The state will increase spending on higher education to cover the cost of the program.
While the governor hasn't said whether or not he is considering a run for the White House, he has another race to concentrate on first.
Mr. Nassirian objected to the idea that states that have been disinvesting for decades in their public colleges should privatize them even more based on the argument that private colleges can get better results. Even adult students that did not attend college are eligible for free tuition.
Right now those schools rely on tuition to help fund programs. Is there an expectation for public schools to lower costs? Otherwise, they'll be forced to pay the money back. New, current and transfer students can apply for the scholarship, but graduate students cannot. Any serious enforcement will likely incur greater overhead costs. Cory Booker, New York Sen.
The stay-in-New York requirement is meant to build an educated workforce that attracts more businesses to NY. But states can act as laboratories to figure out which financing models work best.
Ashley Mendez, 18, a journalism and communications major, said the proposal is a fair compromise because many residents will stay anyway.
Admissions and financial aid representatives will be available to answer questions about Excelsior Scholarship applications and eligibility requirements.
Unfortunately, this is a solution in search of a problem. But he gave Cuomo and NY lawmakers credit for being first to tackle it. Some have estimated that 80% of New York State college grads stay in state after graduation. They'll be trapped in a state with one really expensive city, and other regions where good jobs are scarce. The state's college students, increasingly, are not like that. But there's a big difference between putting conditions on corporate welfare and telling residents who have lived, paid taxes, and raised families in NY that the price of free college is their children's indentured citizenship.style="text-align: center;"