Sign the Petition for Tuition FREE New York

Tuition-Free NY would provide free SUNY/CUNY tuition in exchange for community service and staying in state.

Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) announced that his Tuition-Free NY bill (A.8585-B) overwhelmingly passed the State Assembly Committee on Higher Education, and is a step closer to providing New Yorkers with affordable higher education.

“Too many families are struggling to pay for college and the amount of student debt is overwhelming and worsening,” Assemblyman Skoufis said. “Tuition-Free NY would make our state a leader in affordable higher education and by passing it in the Assembly committee, we are taking steps towards making college truly affordable for all New Yorkers.”

Tuition-Free NY would provide free undergraduate tuition for all students admitted to SUNY or CUNY and who fulfill requirements of community service and residency after graduation.

Students who would opt into this program would be required to perform 250 hours of community service for each year of participation and be required to live and work in New York State for a period of at least five years following graduation.

After considerable discussion in the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, the Tuition-Free NY legislation passed by a bipartisan 21-3 vote.  The bill now goes to the Ways and Means Committee, the final stop before the full floor.


Assemblyman Skoufis has been invited to speak at schools throughout the state as students, teachers, parents and administrators are eager to learn more about his Tuition-Free NY plan that would benefit thousands of families looking to send their children to college. Orange and Rockland Community Colleges Presidents have supported the plan.

“The response from residents on Tuition-Free NY shows how important this issue is and that families recognize the need to address the student loan crisis in our state,” Skoufis said. “I’m committed to this fight – a lifetime of debt to go to college is wrong for students, wrong for families, and wrong for our state.

Increasing student loan debt already stands at more than $1 trillion nationwide and has roughly doubled since 2007. Economists have been cautioning that the rise in student loan debt may even have a serious impact on the housing market, making it more difficult for young people to buy first homes.