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NYS Excelsior Scholarship


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NYS Excelsior Scholarship

New York is now home to the Nation’s first accessible college program – The Excelsior Scholarship.

Under this groundbreaking initiative, the Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student-financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free.

Recipients of the Excelsior Scholarship may receive up to $5,500 or actual tuition, whichever is less. The maximum Excelsior Scholarship will be reduced by the amount of certain other student financial aid awards which an applicant has or will receive for the academic year including a New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award and/or federal Pell grant.

A recipient of an Excelsior Scholarship is eligible to receive award payments for not more than two years of full-time undergraduate study in a program leading to an associate’s degree or four years of full-time undergraduate study, or five years if the program of study normally requires five years in a program leading to a bachelor’s degree.

You must live in New York State for the length of time you received the award. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the conversion of your award to a no-interest loan.

For more information go to  www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior

“New York’s Excelsior Scholarship expands potential financial aid for New York residents in an effort to assure everyone in New York has the opportunity to earn a college degree. This is a unique opportunity for our students to earn a degree at FM and transfer to a SUNY campus with full coverage of their tuition. “

Greg Truckenmiller, Ph.D.