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Excelsior Scholarship Application Open for Spring ’24


The application for the Excelsior Scholarship for new applicants for the Spring 2024 term is now 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.

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 degree in two years or a bachelor’s degree in four years.  

“The Excelsior Scholarship is a game changer for students across New York State who might not have the financial means to pursue higher education,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. “This program is making college more affordable and accessible for low- and middle-income families, giving them the opportunity to obtain their college degree. By investing in our future workforce, we are investing in our economy and ensuring a strong and prosperous future for all New Yorkers.” 

The Spring 2024 Excelsior Scholarship application is open to first-time students entering college in the Spring 2024 term and current college students who have never received the Excelsior Scholarship. Students currently receiving an Excelsior Scholarship do not need to complete this application to receive continued award payments. 

Applications will be accepted through February 2, 2024.   



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