State Legislation Seeks to Make CUNY Tuition-Free

HUNTER COLLEGE–State Sen. Andrew Gounardes introduced legislation on Friday that, if passed, would make CUNY tuition-free for in-state undergraduate students beginning in the 2022-2023 school year. The New Deal for CUNY, as it’s called, would also require that CUNY hire more mental health counselors, academic advisors and full-time faculty.

As of now, tuition is $6,930 per year at senior colleges and $4,800 per year at community colleges for full-time in-state students, though between the federal Pell grant and state scholarship programs, most students already receive financial aid that covers at least part of that; according to the university’s website, two-thirds of undergraduate students attend CUNY tuition-free.