The "pay what you can" policy is coming to an end, and a tiered structure will replace it on March 1. Residents of NY City and State will still be allowed to pay what they can, but will be challenged for address ID. The NY Times says only 17% of visitors pay the full requested amount.
The fee is, in part, the result of a diminished contribution from the city, which owns the building and assists with security. The city has committed to increasing assistance to cultural institutions for underserved populations, the article says. So, less money for the Met.