Providing Every Student the Opportunity to Succeed
Pre-K through College: Expanding Access to Quality Education
Governor Cuomo has led the nation in ensuring that all students, from our youngest pre-kindergarteners to our college students, have the opportunity to succeed.
Now in New York State, more students are able to access a college education than ever before, as the Governor has helped to alleviate the financial burden of higher education with programs like the Excelsior Scholarship, which provides cost-free tuition at New York’s public college and universities. Additionally, the Enacted FY 2020 Budget implements and fully funds the DREAM Act; once and for all ensuring a higher education system that opens the door of opportunity to all of our children.
For our younger students, education aid has increased by 43 percent since Governor Cuomo took office, ensuring the progress made to strengthen educational outcomes continues.
Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, the high school graduation rate has increased every year and has now reached the highest level in state history, proving that in New York State, we put students first and work to ensure every student is empowered to achieve his or her dreams.
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.
The FY 2022 Enacted Budget invests the highest level of State aid ever, with 75% targeted to high-need school districts.
The Excelsior Scholarship
Tuition-Free College for New York's Middle Class
First-in-the-Nation Excelsior Scholarship
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.
'Enough is Enough' Law
Protecting Students from Sexual Assault on College Campuses
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.