President Miles talks tuition-free college with Soledad O’Brien

President Miles spoke to journalist Soledad O’Brien about the state’s new free college tuition program (Excelsior Scholarship) on the nationally broadcast “Matter of Fact” program that aired April 16, 2017. The scholarship makes higher education more affordable by providing tuition-free college at New York’s public colleges and universities to families making up to $100,000 a year. At Westchester Community College, 90 percent of students who apply for financial aid fall in this eligibility category.

Westchester Community College welcomes a diverse student body attending part-time and full-time in more than sixty degree and certificate programs. Graduates pursue a wide range of careers and some take advantage of one of the more than 300 transfer agreements into bachelor’s degree programs. Westchester students are eligible for federal Pell Grants and the state’s Tuition Assistance Program, which for some students already covers the full cost of tuition. Additionally, the Westchester Community College Foundation provides about $2 million a year in scholarships. For more information on the Excelsior Scholarship and other financial aid programs, click on or Or email the college at

Here are two excerpts from the interview: