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SUNY Chancellor talks about the impact of the Excelsior Scholarship

SUNY Chancellor Dr. Kristina Johnson took to the New York State Fairgrounds on Thursday.

“Today’s SUNY Day here at the Great New York State Fair, so I’m super excited to be here. It’s my first time!”

She visited booths there for SUNY Upstate Medical University, Cobleskill and Morrisville.

“We have 435,000 students in full-time programs working towards their college degree. So that’s very exciting,” said Dr. Johnson.

SUNY offers the Excelsior Scholarship, which provides free tuition for students who qualify based on financial needs.

The Governor projected that by this year, 200,000 students would be enrolled, but just under 20,000 are right now.

SUNY confirms that of the 103,100 applicants in 2017, half were denied, because they were already getting sate aid for college.

Despite that, Dr. Johnson says the program is working the way it’s supposed to.

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