Higher Education Services Corporation

Excelsior Scholarship Application

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Deadline: July 21, 2017

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New York is now home to the Nation's first accessible college program - The Excelsior Scholarship.

Under this groundbreaking initiative, the Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student-financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free.

Recipients of the Excelsior Scholarship may receive up to $5,500 or actual tuition, whichever is less. The maximum Excelsior Scholarship will be reduced by the amount of certain other student financial aid awards which an applicant has or will receive for the academic year including a New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award and/or federal Pell grant.

A recipient of an Excelsior Scholarship is eligible to receive award payments for not more than two years of full-time undergraduate study in a program leading to an associate's degree or four years of full-time undergraduate study, or five years if the program of study normally requires five years in a program leading to a bachelor's degree.

You must live in New York State for the length of time you received the award. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the conversion of your award to a no-interest loan.

What You Need

To complete the application you will need:

Application Deadline: July 21, 2017


An applicant must:

Application Resources

Download and print these tips sheets to help you complete your Excelsior Scholarship application.


To receive subsequent payments each year after initial application, an Excelsior Scholarship recipient must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Payment of State Grants, Scholarships and Awards Application each year.

How to Apply

Deadline: July 21, 2017



For any questions on the Excelsior Scholarship application contact the Excelsior Scholarship Hotline at 888-697-4372 or send them an email.