The NYS Excelsior Scholarship


The Excelsior Scholarship application for new students will be available starting March 26, 2018. The application is due July 23, 2018 at 11:59PM. For now, continuing Excelsior Scholarship recipients will not need to reapply (they are still required to complete both the 2018-2019 FAFSA and TAP applications). The online application is available on the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)  site. For more information please visit the Higher Education Services Corportation (HESC) website or the SUNY Website.

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 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

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.