Would this be a good idea for Colorado Mesa University?

The New York Times reports that the state of New York may get a chance to be the first in the United States to pass this policy. Sounds like a good idea to me, at least in principle.

The proposal would offer FREE tuition to public colleges statewide to students who belong to families that make less than $125,000 a year. Students would still be responsible for room and board expenses along with any additional fees. According to reports, this plan would cost the state of New York $163 million.

Now, I do not know the inner workings of finances and how colleges would be able to sustain themselves. The article I read really didn't go into too many details. But, I do know that the cost of attending college, even CMU, is pretty steep these days.

Colorado Mesa University:

  • 15 credits/semester for a Colorado residents = $8,395 tuition only
  • Residence Hall/Meal Plan = $12,770
  • Books/Supplies = up to $1,750.
  • Total = $18-22,000/year

Of course, we don't know all the ins and outs of this proposal, but would you vote for something like this?