Language

Tuition-free scholarship for eligible New York state residents

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced passage of the New York state budget which includes establishment of the Excelsior Scholarship to provide a tuition scholarship to students enrolled in New York public colleges and universities beginning fall 2017.  

The scholarship is a “last dollar” scholarship and will cover the cost of tuition not met by the eligible New York state resident student’s other federal, state, institutional, and private sources of grant assistance.

Steps to apply for the Excelsior Scholarship

  1. File your FAFSA at fafsa.gov. List JCC’s federal school code 002869 under "Schools to Receive Information" so we receive your FAFSA results.
  2. Complete the NYS TAP application at www.hesc.ny.gov.
  3. Apply for the Excelsior Scholarship at www.hesc.ny.gov.

Note: Deadline to apply for the Excelsior Scholarship is July 21.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Students must attend a public institution, either SUNY, CUNY, or a SUNY community college.
  • Students must file an annual FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov and NYS TAP and Excelsior Scholarships applications at www.hesc.ny.gov

  • Eligibility is restricted to students pursuing their first associate’s degree, or their first bachelor’s degree.Certificates are not eligible for this scholarship.

  • If a student was previously enrolled in college, he or she must have completed at least 30 credits per year, in the program of study, to qualify. If previous credits were completed at a private college, at least 30 credits per year must be accepted upon transfer in order to qualify.
  • After acceptance in the program, students must complete at least 30 credits per year and enroll in at least 12 credits per semester in the program of study. HESC can prescribe limited exceptions to this requirement in regulation. 
  • In a student's last semester, he or she must complete at least 12 credits, with at least one course needed to meet graduation requirements.
  • The state Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) will announce modified criteria for students with disabilities.
  • Students must meet federal adjusted gross Income limits as follows:
    • Enrolled 2017-18:  $100,000 per 2015 federal tax returns
    • Enrolled 2018-19:  $110,000 per 2016 federal tax returns
    • Enrolled 2019-20:  $125,000 per 2017 federal tax returns
  • Awards are limited to the length of the program (2-year, 4-year, or 5-year).
  • Students must have their grade point average (GPA) certified by their institution to indicate that they are eligible to successfully complete their coursework.
  • Students must agree to live in New York state for a continuous number of years equal to the duration of the award received. There is no requirement that the student be employed during that period, but he or she cannot work in another state. If a student fails to meet these requirements, the award will be converted to a student loan.
Printer-friendly version
Excelsior Info Sessions

Dates:

  • June 28 | 6-7 p.m.

Locations:

  • Jamestown, Hamilton Collegiate Center
  • Cattaraugus County, College Center
  • North County, main office

No registration required.

Contact Financial Aid

Jamestown Campus
(Hamilton Collegiate Center)

800.388.8557 x1009 or 716.338.1009
financialaid@mail.sunyjcc.edu

Cattaraugus County Campus
(College Center)

716.376.7512
financialaid@mail.sunyjcc.edu