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Excelsior Scholarship information

on June 8, 2017

A Message from: H. Carl McCall, Chairman, The State University of New York, Board of Trustees and  William C. Thompson, Jr., Chairman, The City University of New York, Board of Trustees:

Dear Parent/Student/Guardian,

This year, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the nation’s first tuition-free degree program for full time students: the Excelsior Scholarship. A college education is increasingly necessary to secure the jobs of tomorrow, and the Excelsior Scholarship ensures New York’s students have access to a quality education and the skills they need to succeed. The Scholarship is available to students enrolled at a SUNY or CUNY community college or university beginning in the fall of 2017.

More than 940,000 middle-class families across New York State will be eligible for the Scholarship. How do you know if you qualify? The requirements are simple:

Students must:

  • Be residents of New York State
  • Enroll in a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
  • Take 30 credits per calendar year (including winter and summer sessions)
  • Plan to live and work in New York following graduation for the length of time they participate in the scholarship program
  • The program goes into effect immediately, and is available for students whose families earn up to $100,000 annually beginning in the fall of 2017. It will extend to families making up to $125,000 annually by 2019.

Students and their families can also visit or to learn more, and text COLLEGE to 81336 for updates.


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