Excelsior Scholarship
The application for the Excelsior Scholarship for new applicants in the 2018-2019 academic year is now open.

SUNY and CUNY students whose families make up to $110,000 annually may now apply for tuition-free college.

The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other aid programs, allows eligible full-time students to attend a SUNY or CUNY two-year or four-year college tuition-free.

To be eligible for an Excelsior Scholarship, students must be New York State residents, plan to attend a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year college, take 30 credits per year (including Summer and Winter sessions), and be on track to graduate on time with an Associate's Degree in two years or a Bachelor's Degree in four years.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, household federal adjusted gross income can total up to $110,000 to be eligible. In 2019-2020 and beyond, New York State families can earn up to $125,000. Recipients must also plan to live in New York State for the length of time they received the award.

To apply, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the NYS Tuition Assistance Program application, if applicable, and the Excelsior Scholarship application at https://www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior/ .