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    Report estimates cost of free CUNY community colleges

    The Independent Budget Office released a report estimating the cost of free community colleges at CUNY—$138 to $232 million per year. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams requested the report, and it is an idea President Barack Obama raised during the 2015 State of the Union address. “I want to spread that idea all across America, so that two years of college becomes as free and universal in America as high school is today,” Obama said. Adams felt concerned many New York City residents cannot access affordable, educational opportunities. This may cause problems for the city’s economy. “For many students, the cost of tuition prevents them from completing an associate’s degree or substantially delays their completion,”…