Excelsior Scholarship Program

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Amount
Awarded

$5,500

Awarded

Application Deadline

August 15

Saturday
Awarded By:

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation

Number of Awards & Eligibility: During the prior academic year, approximately 22,000 scholarships were provided through the Excelsior program.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. Must be a high school graduate pursuing an undergraduate degree.
  2. Must reside in and work in the state of New York.
  3. Must enroll full time.
  4. Must attend a SUNY or CUNY college, or Alfred University, or Cornell University.
  5. Must have an adjusted gross household income of less than $125,000.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: The Excelsior Scholarship Program is available for New York State residents who have an adjusted gross household income of $125,000 or less. Applicants must attend an undergraduate program at a SUNY or CUNY college and must enroll full time.

Application requirements for the Excelsior Scholarship Program are:

  • Application form
Additional Information: The Excelsior Scholarship Program was established in 2017 for the purpose of making college and university affordable for New York State students who have demonstrated financial need. Students must agree to continue living and working in New York State for at least as many years as they received the scholarship. Failure to do so may result in the scholarship being retroactively converted to a loan requiring repayment.

Award Amount: Up to $5,500 annually. Excelsior Scholarships may be renewable for up to two years of study leading to an Associate's Degree, or four years of study leading to an Bachelor's degree, or up to five years for undergraduate programs that typically take five years of study to complete (such as architecture). Awards are not automatically renewable and students must apply for each year they wish to receive funding.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $5,500.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, August 15

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Saturday, August 15

Applications for the Excelsior Scholarship Program and additional information about the program is available online at the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation website. To apply for this scholarship, students must complete the NYS Student Aid Payment Application and FAFSA for each year they wish to be considered for funding. Applications will include both academic and financial information about the student to determine eligibility. All applications must be submitted no later than the deadline date.
Contact: Paul Deecher
Address: 99 Washington Ave. Albany, New York 12255

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