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Excelsior Scholarship

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Excelsior Scholarship

 

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

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

  • The Excelsior Scholarship application for the spring 2018 semester for new applicants opens Monday, October 30 at 9:00am and last day to submit the application is December 04, 2017.

  • 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.

Feel free to read eligibility requirements at Excelsior Scholarhip FAQs- CUNY.

 

 

Income Criteria 


Academic Year Tax  Income Limit
2017-2018 2015 $100,000
2018-2019 2016 $110,000
2019 and beyond 2017 $125,000

 

 

Catchup Year


Students starting in 2015-16

  • Completed 54 credits (at least 12 credits per semester)
  • Earn 36 credits in 2017-18 to be eligible in 2018-19 and beyond

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 Spring 2018 application.

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

  • Complete the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the 2017-2018 Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Application.

  • Apply for the NYS Excelsior Scholarship via HESC at: www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior, if you are a New York State resident. The deadline to apply for the Spring 2018 semester is December 04, 2017.

  • Provide copies of the 2015 New York State income tax return(s) filled by you and your parent(s).

  • Upload all of your college transcripts and your 2017-2018 Student Aid Report (SAR)

  • Upload an official college transcript, if you are a transfer student with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • If you are a current student, include the current Fall term in your count for the application question, “During your lifetime college experience, how many terms did you complete?"

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

Feel free to 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 888-697-4372.