The Excelsior Scholarship provides tuition awards to eligible students attending New York State’s public colleges and universities (SUNY and CUNY).
This scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY college tuition-free.
How does the Excelsior program work?
The Excelsior Scholarship is intended to supplement all current aid programs, including but not limited to TAP, PELL, and SUNY/CUNY Tuition Credit programs. The Excelsior Scholarship then provides assistance to students to cover any tuition gaps and make college tuition free at New York’s prized public universities.
Who qualifies for the Excelsior scholarship?
You may be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship, if you are an undergraduate who is a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen and reside in New York State for one year prior to enrollment and whose family’s adjusted gross income (as filed on your 2016 federal tax returns) does not exceed $110,000 and you complete thirty
When can I apply for the Excelsior scholarship for fall 2019?
Tuition-free college for middle-class New Yorkers
The first-of-its-kind in the nation plan will be phased in over three years, beginning for New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually in fall 2017 – spring 2018, increasing to $110,000 in fall 2018 – spring 2019, and reaching $125,000 in fall 2019 – spring 2020.
How is Excelsior scholarship funded?
Scholarship. New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship provides in-state, public college tuition for residents whose families earn below a set annual income cap: $100,000 in 2017. After graduation, Excelsior students must live and work in New York for as many years as they received the scholarship.