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The NYS Excelsior Scholarship

  • The NYS Excelsior Scholarship application for the Fall 2019 semester has ended.
  • Once a Spring 2020 application becomes available we will make an announcement.
  • Continuing Excelsior recipients from the 2018-2019 school year and or Spring 2019 semester do not need to reapply.
  • New students are required to complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA and TAP applications prior to completing the Fall application for the 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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Eligibility

OVER 940,000 NYS FAMILIES WILL QUALIFY

For the 2019-20 academic year, New York state residents with a family household adjusted gross income of $125,000* or less (as filed on your 2017 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. 

Scholarship requirements

Income eligibility over the next three years

  

How to apply