College at Brockport students return to campus

August 25, 2017 06:17 PM

College move-in week continued on Friday as College at Brockport students arrived on campus.

The college says this year's freshman class has about 150 more students than last year. That uptick could be the result of the state's new free-tuition program.

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Under the program, known as the Excelsior Scholarship, students whose families make under $100,000 annually can get free-tuition to state schools like Brockport.

Sarah Marsh was one of the students moving onto campus on Friday.

"It's been pretty difficult," Marsh says about saving for school. "'Don't spend too much. We need to send you to school. This might not be possible if we spend all this money.'"

The family is waiting for word on whether Sarah gets a state Excelsior Scholarship.

Brockport reports that among it 8,300 students, about 550 are getting them and the approval of the program this year seemed to trigger a surge in interest from students over the summer.

Admissions Director Robert Wyant says he sees the impact of the scholarship as he talks with families considering college, sometimes for the first time.

"One of the greatest things," he tells us. "I enjoy it when you talk to somebody and they realize this is a realistic possibility for them."

"I believe this Excelsior Scholarship will change lives," says Gov. Cuomo. "Every child will know, 'I can go to college.'"

Other SUNY schools tell News10NBC it’s too early to calculate how many students are taking advantage of Excelsior.

Sarah’s family says the program doesn’t change everything but it’s a big help. "So it's a little money off," says Charlotte Marsh. "You know it's still not a huge chunk of this bill. It's a part of this bill."

Classes at Brockport start on Monday.


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