The NYS Excelsior Scholarship
The NYS Excelsior Scholarship application for the Spring 2019 semester will be available starting November 29, 2018 at 9:00 AM. The application deadline date will be January 14, 2019. Continuing Excelsior recipients from the 2017-2018 school year and or Fall 2018 semester do not need to reapply. New students are required to complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA and TAP applications prior to completing the Spring application for the Excelsior Scholarship. Eligibility requirements and the online application for Excelsior may be found here.
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.
Over 940,000 NYS families will qualify
For the 2018-19 academic year, New York state residents with a family household adjusted gross income of $110,000* or less (as filed on your 2016 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 http://www.hesc.ny.gov.
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.