SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall Discusses Free College Tuition Plan

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – H. Carl McCall, chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees, told an assembled audience of approximately 90 people Tuesday at SUNY Orange that the goal behind Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship program is for New York to “have the best educated, best prepared workforce in America.”

Joining fellow SUNY colleagues and other governmental officials on a statewide promotional tour, McCall visited SUNY Orange’s Rowley Center for Science and Engineering Tuesday afternoon to discuss the free college tuition program that was introduced by Cuomo in January and approved by the state Legislature in April. McCall was accompanied by Lonnie Threatte, vice president of the Higher Education Services Corp., the state agency tasked with administering the Excelsior Program.

The Excelsior Scholarship is a a free tuition initiative for qualifying New York State residents to attend SUNY or CUNY colleges. The scholarship would cover full tuition for eligible SUNY and CUNY students, up to $5,500, minus amounts received for TAP, Pell or other awards.

The program will be in effect for the Fall 2017 semester for students of families that earn up to $100,000. Interested students and their families are expected to be able to begin applying for the Excelsior Scholarship on June 7. In the interim, HESC is developing the myriad regulations that will frame how the program is administered and who will be eligible.

“A college degree has become the new high school diploma, it is a basic requirement,” McCall said. “We can’t let today’s generation enter the workforce without the skills today’s employers need.”

He added, “the biggest challenge we face is students not completing. A dream delayed is a dream denied.”

McCall delivered a brief presentation and then answered questions from students, faculty, administrators, SUNY Orange Trustees, local high school guidance counselors and parents. He was at the podium for approximately 60 minutes before having to leave for another engagement. Threatte remained and answered questions for another 45 minutes.

For more information on the Excelsior Scholarship program, visit the Higher Education Services Corporation web site.

PHOTO: H. Carl McCall visits SUNY Orange

SUNY Orange welcomes SUNY Board Chair H. Carl McCall. SUNY Orange Board of Trustees Chair Helen Ullrich (right) and fellow Trustee Joan Wolfe (left) joined SUNY Orange President Dr. Kristine Young (second from left) in greeting McCall upon his arrival at the College for an Excelsior Scholarship information session.



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