Laying the Foundation for Our Future
Part of New York's ongoing effort to promote early education is an $800 million investment in prekindergarten to support half-day and full-day pre-k programs for 3- and 4-year old children.
In FY 2020 Budget, Governor Cuomo boosted education aid by over $1 billion, with over 70% of the increased funding going to poorer districts.
Responding to the call to strengthen our K-12 STEM education, NY rewards the best & brightest educators with a 4-year, $15,000 stipend to encourage teachers to build a strong foundation of student success.
Enabling Thousands of Students to Realize Their Dream of a College Education
The Excelsior Scholarship: Tuition-Free College for New York's Middle Class
Beginning 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.
Eliminating the Crushing 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.
Promoting On Time Completion
By making college affordable, the Excelsior Scholarship Program will encourage more students to graduate on time and will grow the number of graduates from our public universities.
Equipping Every New Yorker for the Jobs of Tomorrow
New funding in the FY 2019 Budget will ensure that every elementary, middle, and high school across the state provides computer science education by 2025.
The program provides a full SUNY tuition scholarship to the top 10% of students in each NY high school if they pursue a STEM degree, and live and work in a STEM field in NY for five years after graduation.
The $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act investments in education technology that equips our students with the skills needed to succeed and compete in the global economy.
Protecting Our Students
'Enough is Enough' Law: Protecting Students from Sexual Assault on College Campuses
Most aggressive policy in the nation
Signed into law by Governor Cuomo in 2015, New York made a clear and bold statement that sexual violence is a crime, and students have the right to have it investigated and prosecuted as one.
Uniform Sexual Assault Policy
All public and private colleges must adopt a set of comprehensive procedures and guidelines, including a uniform definition of affirmative consent, statewide amnesty policy, and expanded access to law enforcement.
Comprehensive Review of Compliance
The statewide inspection will ensure that all colleges and universities are fulfilling their obligations under the law to protect students from sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.
Investing in Our Teachers, Our Students and Our Schools
The program recognizes the dedication, expertise, and excellence of New York's top teachers nominated by fellow educational coworkers and students.
Qualifying NY college graduates get up to 24 months of federal student loan debt relief if they participate in an income-driven repayment plan with payments capped at 10% of discretionary income.