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The State’s new Excelsior Scholarship program which was both praised and criticized as the nation’s first tax payer funded free-college tuition program is being welcomed by Genesee Community College.

College President Jim Sunser says there are a few issues with program but thinks it will have a positive impact on enrollment.

“I think the biggest plus is that it's going to increase the potential and the access for students to get a college education through the State University of New York.  The biggest challenge right now is that the rules haven't been completely fleshed out and we need to get that done so that we can advise students properly but it's a timing issue.  We want to make sure we give them good information.”

Sunser said based on the school’s current information GCC is expecting around 100 students to enroll in the program, but would like to see as many students take advantage of it as possible.

One issue with the program mentioned by Sunser was an eight month lag in the Excelsior scholarship payment, which only occurs after the student has finished the program.

The program is also a last dollar in scholarship which means any other grants or scholarships the students received would be used to pay tuition before Excelsior picked up the difference.

For more on the story check the article by our news partner The Batavian.

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