Public Engagement

General Public

College Affordability: Will New York Lead the Way?

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, Room I-202 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

Governor Andrew Cuomo has grabbed national headlines with a bold proposal for “free college” in New York State. CUNY and SUNY would waive tuition for full-time students who graduate on time and come from families making $125,000 or less. The measure has popular support, but it is controversial. Low-income and undocumented students will see little help from Cuomo's proposal, even as their college tuition costs increase. Private colleges may see a tuition cap. And the legislation does little to address the larger financial needs of the CUNY and SUNY systems. State politicians and advocacy groups are responding with college affordability plans of their own. What will emerge from the debate this spring?

Join the Center for New York City Affairs and Young Invincibles for a discussion of the promise and peril of this legislation—and a thoughtful look at how New York fits into the larger national debate over college costs and tuition debt.

Welcoming Remarks by David Van Zandt, president, The New School

Keynote Presentation by Sara Goldrick-Rab, author, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid and the Betrayal of the American Dream

Sara Goldrick-Rab will then join in a discussion with:

Kimberly Cline, president, Long Island University
Mike Fabricant, first vice president, Professional Staff Congress, City University of New York
Hon. James Skoufis, New York State Assembly, Orange and Rockland Counties
Kevin Stump, northeast director, Young Invincibles


Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Center for New York City Affairs


Politics, Policy and Government, Education and Learning


Schools of Public Engagement, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy


Politics, Education, Schools and Universities


Free; reservations required at the top right button

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By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

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