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The NYS Excelsior Scholarship

  • The NYS Excelsior Scholarship application for the 2020 Spring semester is now available.
  • The Excelsior application is due by Saturday February 15, 2020.
  • 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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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

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