New Excelsior Scholarship Will Enable Many New York State Residents to Attend CUNY for Free

New Excelsior Scholarship Will Enable Many New York State Residents to Attend CUNY for Free

Free tuition for eligible students!

1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

2. Apply for TAP

3. Sign up with Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to receive more information on the Excelsior Scholarship

The new Excelsior Scholarship is the first of its kind in the country, and will enable many New York State residents to attend a CUNY college tuition free.

Recipients of this award must have a family income of $100,000 or less; attend full-time; and complete 30 credits per year. An Excelsior Scholarship recipient can receive up to $5,500 from the Excelsior Scholarship, minus any amounts received for TAP, Pell, New York City Merit Scholarship or other scholarships. Awardees must also agree to reside exclusively in New York State and not be employed in any other State for a continuous number of years equal to the duration of the award. If you have questions regarding the Excelsior Scholarship at CUNY please visit the Excelsior Scholarship FAQs.

Additional details about the Excelsior Scholarship will be made available once the regulations governing the program are finalized. In the meantime, we recommend that you follow these 3 easy steps prior to applying for the Excelsior Scholarship:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  2. Apply for TAP
  3. Sign up with Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to receive more information on the Excelsior Scholarship
For more Information & answers to frequently asked questions