Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a higher education proposal that includes free tuition to state and city universities in New York, a scholarship program for students attending private in-state institutions and the DREAM Act aimed at undocumented students.

“Education is the great equalizer in our society, and a highly educated workforce is essential in the modern economy,” Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said.

“Too many of our young adults are unable to earn an advanced degree due to prohibitive costs or they are saddled with unbearable debts once they graduate. The EducateNY program will help millions of New Yorkers earn advanced degrees and start investing in our economy rather than paying off loans for decades. The Senate Democrats understand that for our state’s long-term economic strength, we need to invest in our kids now.”

The proposal made Monday morning comes as the majority conferences in the Senate and Assembly are set to unveil their one-house budget measures and vote on them this week.

Under the Senate Democratic conference’s plan, families that earn up to $150,000 would be eligible for free tuition for the EducateNY grant program. The proposal is more generous than the plan backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose budget would make free tuition available for families earning a $125,000 threshold and less.

“Half-measures will not help struggling New York families and that is why Senate Democrats’ EducateNY plan is the best option for making college more affordable,” said Sen. Mike Gianaris, a Queens Democrat. “Senate Democratic proposals will ensure more of our students get a college degree without assuming crippling debt. Now is the time for real results, not unnecessary compromises that lessen the assistance we should be providing hard-working New Yorkers.”​

At the same time, the conference reiterated its support for the DREAM Act, a measure that provides free tuition to undocumented students. The bill has stalled in the Republican-led Senate, with GOP lawmakers staunchly opposing the provision.

Cuomo has once again included the DREAM Act in his $152 billion budget.