Despite the fact that New York state recently enacted a law allowing for tuition free college education, officials on this side of the Hudson River said they do not see that kind of program coming here anytime soon.

According to a story on NJ.com, that was the message delivered at a state Senate hearing on funding for higher education by Gabrielle Charette, Executive Director of the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority.

"I don't think we are prepared today to discuss the New York plan," she said. "I think that there is a lot that needs to be studied there, and I think we want to see how that works."

While not offering free college, officials testifying said the state does a lot to make education affordable for students. Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks called the state's efforts, "cutting edge," according to the NJ.com story.

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Contact reporter Adam Hochron at 609-359-5326 or Adam.Hochron@townsquaremedia.com

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