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Tuition-Free Degree Program: The Excelsior Scholarship – New York State

New York State is now home to the nation’s first accessible college program – The Excelsior Scholarship.

Leading the Way to College Affordability

We’ve made college tuition-free for middle class New Yorkers.

Today, college is what high school was—it should always be an option even if you can’t afford it.

With the passage of the FY 2018 State Budget, New York is now home to the nation’s first accessible college program – The Excelsior Scholarship.

Under this groundbreaking program, more than 940,000 middle-class families and individuals making up to $125,000 per year will qualify to attend college tuition-free at all CUNY and SUNY two- and four-year colleges in New York State. The new program begins in the fall of 2017 and will be phased in over three years.

In order to apply, students must:

– Be residents of New York State
– Attend a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
– Take 30 credits per calendar year (including January and Summer sessions)
– Plan to live and work in New York following graduation for the length of time they participate in the scholarship program

In New York State, every child will have the opportunity that education provides.

Learn more: New York State

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