The NYS Excelsior Scholarship


Making public college tuition-free!

The NYS Excelsior Scholarship is the first program of its kind to waive tuition for a public college education. This includes MCC plus all other SUNY and CUNY two-year and four-year colleges and universities. The Excelsior Scholarship is for tuition only, minus any financial aid awards you receive from TAP and/or Pell.

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Over 940,000 NYS families will qualify.

For the 2017-18 academic year, New York state residents with a family household adjusted gross income of $100,000* or less (as filed on your 2015 federal tax returns) are eligible to apply for the Excelsior scholarship program. Other requirements include New York state residency for 12 months or more, and full time enrollment in your degree program.  Find out more about scholarship requirements at

Income eligibility over the next three years


How to apply

The online scholarship application can be found on the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)’s website

Download our NYS Excelsior Scholarship information sheet.