Application For Excelsior Scholarships Now Open

Governor Kathy Hochul announced this week that the application for the Excelsior Scholarship for new applicants for the 2022-23 academic year is now available here. The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other aid programs, allows eligible full-time students to attend a SUNY or CUNY two-year 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.” 

To be eligible for an Excelsior Scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year, household federal adjusted gross income can total up to $125,000.  Student must also meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • 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

The 2022-23 Excelsior Scholarship application is open to first-time students entering college in the Fall 2022 term and current college students who have never received the Excelsior Scholarship. Current Excelsior Scholarship recipients should not complete this application. Students eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship under the Senator José Peralta New York State DREAM Act can apply here.

More than 190,000  New York residents now attend CUNY or SUNY tuition-free thanks to the addition of students receiving the Excelsior Scholarship.

Applications will be accepted through August 31, 2022.