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Excelsior Scholarship

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Excelsior Scholarship

  • Be a resident of New York State.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Complete at least 30 credits each year (sucessively), and applicable toward your degree program
  • To complete the application, you will need your 2016 IT-201 NYS Income Tax Return(s).
  • File for 2018-2019 Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and New York State Aid (TAP)

OVERVIEW


Tuition-free program for eligible NYS residents 1 pursuing their first undergraduate degree at a SUNY or CUNY College

  • The Excelsior Scholarship application for the Spring 2019 is opened from November 29, 2018 until January 14, 2019.

  • New York State residents can apply for the NYS Excelsior Scholarship via HESC at: www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior.

  • If you have graduated from a high school outside the United States, you must meet the "Ability to Benefit" requirement by the 21st day of the semester. For more information, contact the Evaluation and Testing Office located at Wille Administration Building, Room A-213. Phone: 1(212) 650-6488

  • Students must file a FAFSA and TAP application before filing the excelsior scholarship.

  • Applicants must be enrolled in at least 12 credits per term and complete at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward their degree program.

  • Recipients may receive up to $5,500 ($2,750 per semester) or actual tuition for the aid year, whichever is less.

  • The maximum Excelsior Scholarship will be reduced by the amount of certain other financial aid awards, which an applicant has or will receive for the academic year including other New York State aid award(s) and/or federal grant(s).

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

  • For additional information, contact HESC or visit their website: www.hesc.ny.gov.

Read eligibility requirements at Excelsior Scholarhip FAQs- CUNY.

 

INCOME CRITERIA


Academic Year Tax  Income Limit
2018-2019 2016 $110,000
2019-2020 2017 $125,000

 

CATCHUP YEAR


Students starting in 2016-17

  • Completed 24 credits (at least 12 credits per semester)
  • Earn 36 credits in 2017-18 to be eligible in 2018-19

 

HOW TO APPLY


Students who are current recipients of the scholarship do not need to complete the 2018-19 application.

In order to complete the application, you will need to:

Please ensure that you upload your documents after you submitted the Excelsior Application at the HESC Account Access page.

Read eligibility requirements at Excelsior Scholarhip FAQs- CUNY.

If you have any additional questions, you can contact the Scholarship Unit at scholarships@hesc.ny.gov or 1(888) 697-4372.

 

Deadline
Spring 2019 - January 14, 2019

Helpful Links

General Information
Scholarships@hesc.ny.gov
1(888) 697-4372

Appeal Information
Excelsior.Appeals@hesc.ny.gov
Excelsior Appeal Form
(pdf)

Printable Information
Excelsior FAQ (Spanish)
Informational Brochure