The proposed New York State budget includes a provision to offer free tuition to top students who choose to major in STEM fields.
“New this year under the governors budget proposal, some students at the top of their classes will have a chance to skip tuition payments entirely. Those who plan to major in a field related to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects would receive free tuition to any SUNY or CUNY institution, as long as they remain in the state for five years after graduation to pursue their careers. The $8 million budget line is intended to help reverse the brain drain of the best and brightest from New York State.”
Students must graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class to qualify for the scholarships.
Final budget approval is expected this spring. Questions have been raised about how the requirement to stay in the state for five years after graduation would affect students who wish to attend graduate school. One estimate predicts funding is only sufficient for 166 four-year scholarships, so it is possible that demand will be greater than supply.