The New York State budget approved this weekend provides for free tuition for full-time students from families with an adjusted gross income of $125,000 or less. Tuition is currently $6,470 per year. Other expenses, mainly room and board, average around $14,000 per year and won’t be affected. The program will be phased in starting this fall with families with incomes of $100,000 or less, then $110,000 or less in 2018 and $125,000 in 2019. The state estimates 940,000 families will be eligible when the program is fully phased in. The estimated cost for year one is $163 million.