Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s tuition-free plan is neither a “scholarship” nor “revolutionary” [“A tuition-free plan,” News, Jan. 4].

In 1959, upon studying for and taking the competitive New York State scholarship exam, I earned an annual $750 scholarship, which was the maximum based on family income and which covered tuition at a private or public college in New York. If winners attended out-of-state schools, the stipend would go to an alternate on the list.

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Newsday’s editorial is correct in that there needs to be “skin in the game,” either requiring graduation or academic achievement [“Free-tuition plan too hazy to pass,” Jan. 6].

Monetary participation awards with no strings attached simply aren’t a realistic investment for taxpayers or effective motivation for all potential college graduates.

Nancy Fetherston, St. James