October 18, 2017. In a radio interview with Sarah Schweinsberg, David Dyssegaard Kallick, FPI’s Deputy Director and Director of Immigration Research, discusses Governor Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship Program. Governor Cuomo expresses that college is a necessity. While people have praised the program, some have expressed concerns. It has been referred to as a last dollar grant, only covering what state and federal grants do not. This mostly helps middle class students, who do not qualify for programs helping low income families. This does not help with the challenges that low income families face with living costs.

David Dyssegaard Kallick from the New York Fiscal Policy Institute says, the program could have been structured to better help both middle class and low income students who need it most.

“I think it has been advertised as free tuition as if that is going to help lower income families and really that’s not the challenge for lower income families.”

Here is the link to the full radio interview on Overcast.