College is perceived as expensive, and 56% of New York residents strongly or somewhat disagree that families are doing a good job of saving for college. New Yorkers are divided on the question of whether there are many qualified people who are currently unable to go to college. Forty-eight percent say that the vast majority of those who are qualified have the opportunity to go to college, while 45% feel that there are many people who are qualified to go to college but do not have an opportunity to do so.
But the vast majority of New Yorkers are convinced that where there is a will, there is a way. Eighty-five percent either strongly (62%) or somewhat (23%) agree that people who really want to go to college can find a way to pay for it even if they have to go to school and work at the same time.
New Yorkers also support a broad range of financial aid proposals, with 82% thinking that the government should offer more tax breaks for students, 75% favoring more funds for work-study, and 66% favoring more money for loans. Direct grants to students were somewhat less popular; only half (50%) favored more money for grants.