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Excelsior Scholarship portal opens: How to get free tuition at SUNY, CUNY schools if your family makes less than $125K

The application portal for New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship is open.

The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid, allows eligible full-time students to attend a SUNY or CUNY two-year or four-year college tuition-free.

“Since its inception, the Excelsior Scholarship has enabled tens of thousands of students from low and middle-income families the chance to pursue a quality education tuition-free,” Governor Hochul said. “By easing the financial burden associated with the cost of attending college, students and their families can focus on their education, providing New York’s students every possible opportunity to climb the ladder of success.”


Students from households with federal adjusted gross incomes up to $125,000 are eligible for a Spring Excelsior Scholarship award. Students must also:

  • Plan to attend a SUNY or CUNY two or four-year college
  • Complete 30 credits per year towards their program of study (including Summer and Winter terms); and
  • Be on track to graduate with an Associate’s Degree in two years or a Bachelor’s Degree in four years

For more information or to apply click here.



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