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Excelsior Scholarship Application Open for Academic Year 2022


Yesterday Governor Kathy Hochul announced the application for the Excelsior Scholarship for new applicants for the 2022-23 academic year is now open.

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

“It is critical that we provide New York’s students every possible opportunity to climb the ladder of success,” Governor Hochul said. “The Excelsior Scholarship helps ensure a college education is attainable to all, especially for low-income students who face financial inequities that put them at a disadvantage. I am proud to support programs that tear down barriers to higher education and provide every New Yorker a chance to pursue a quality education.”

In order to be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship, household federal adjusted gross income can total up to $125,000.

The requirements for students are listed below:

  • 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) 
  • Be on track to graduate on time with an Associate’s Degree in two years or a Bachelor’s Degree in four years

Applications will be accepted through August 31 of this year.

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