New York gets 75,000 applications for free tuition program

About 75,000 people who applied for New York's first-in-the-nation tuition-free college program are finding out whether they will start the fall semester without a tuition bill to pay.

"It feels absolutely terrific," Binghamton University student Natan Nassir, of Great Neck, said after learning Thursday that the state will pick up his tab for any tuition not covered by other financial aid.

New York set aside $87 million for the Excelsior Scholarship program for the first year after projecting about 23,000 people would qualify. Although more than three times that number had applied before Friday's application deadline, state officials stood by the initial estimate, saying many who applied would not qualify for or accept an award.

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