Civil Service fees for state exams are being waived through December of 2025.
Included as part of the Fiscal Year 2024 Budget, the move comes in an effort to modernize the state’s public workforce. According to Governor Kathy Hochul, exam fees can be a barrier to entering public service, especially for traditional marginalized groups.
Civil service exams will also be offered on an ongoing basis at 12 testing centers across the state.
“As our state continues to grapple with an affordability crisis, civil service exam fees place yet another burden on New Yorkers – particularly the passionate New Yorkers seeking meaningful careers in state service,” Governor Hochul said. “By waiving these fees, my administration is standing by its commitment to modernizing New York’s workforce and lowering barriers to ensure that our civil servants reflect the rich diversity of our state.”
Department of Civil Service Commissioner Timothy R. Hogues said, “Removing exam application fees for all state civil service exams is one of the many proactive steps that New York State is taking to help make a career in public service more accessible for all. At the Department of Civil Service, we are making improvements to eliminate barriers to entry for civil service jobs and transforming the State’s approach to meeting our workforce needs to help recruit and retain a diverse and talented workforce that will serve all New Yorkers. I encourage all individuals to consider applying for exams that you qualify for to start the pathway to a rewarding career that offers many benefits with New York State.”