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Liberal NY Gov. Cuomo granted wish for free in-state college tuition. Here's how it breaks down.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal for free in-state tuition for college students from families earning $125,000 annually or less passed as part of the state budget Sunday. (Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

New York has become the first state to grant free tuition at public colleges and universities for in-state middle class students, the Associated Press reported.

The plan — initiated by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo — applies to New York residents from families earning $125,000 annually or less, the outlet said, adding that it doesn't cover room and board.

The free tuition plan will cost about $163 million, the AP said, and is part of the $153 billion state budget passed Sunday night. Students granted free tuition will have to take a certain number of classes and be subject to grade-point requirements, the outlet added.

Cuomo offered some thoughts on his tuition plan Sunday on Twitter:

While a number of folks were happy about the turn of events, others were decidedly less enthusiastic:

Image source: Twitter

Image source: Twitter

Image source: Twitter

Image source: Twitter

Image source: Twitter

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