Posted November 02, 2018 06:13:50 The New York State Assembly passed a bill this week that would increase the cost of attending school in New York by 25 percent for the first time since 2001.
The new fee for New York City public school students would rise from $1,000 to $2,000, which would result in a cost increase of about $400 per student.
“New York State schools must be affordable to New Yorkers who cannot afford the increased cost of education,” Assembly Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said in a statement.
“Today, we took a big step toward that goal.”
The bill passed the Assembly on a 24-16 vote.
“This will help New Yorkers afford the costs of higher education and ensure that every child has a quality education,” New York state senator and former Republican state representative Richard Gottfried said in an official statement.
The bill was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, making it New York’s first “tuition tax” law in more than a decade.
New York already imposes a tuition tax on state residents, but it is currently levied on residents of the state of New York.
The tuition tax is used to fund scholarships and grants for public schools and is meant to help offset the cost.
The law also applies to New York Public School districts.
Students who live in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia would be eligible for a fee increase.
“The current $2.00 tuition tax applies to students in public schools,” the New York Attorney General’s office said in its announcement on Thursday.
“It is designed to help schools afford to educate their students.”
The law was introduced in June and has been praised by education advocates and students’ rights advocates.
In June, the New Jersey Senate passed a similar bill, which the Assembly passed in December.