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The Excelsior Scholarship (Deadline: July 21, 2017)

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Who Can Apply:

  • be a resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the term;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • have either graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test, as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department;
  • have a combined federal adjusted gross income of $100,000 or less;
  • be pursuing an undergraduate degree at a SUNY or CUNY college, including community colleges and the statutory colleges at Cornell University and Alfred University;
  • be enrolled in at least 12 credits per term and complete at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward his or her degree program;
  • if attended college prior to the 2017-18 academic year, have earned at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward his or her degree program prior to applying for an Excelsior Scholarship;
  • be in a non-default status on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or on the repayment of any NYS award;
  • be in compliance with the terms of the service condition(s) imposed by a NYS award that you have previously received; and
  • execute a Contract agreeing to reside in NYS for the length of time the award was received, and, if employed during such time, be employed in NYS.

Submission:

  • Copies of 2015 New York State income tax return(s) filed by you and your parent(s) or your spouse, as applicable
  • Your current unofficial college transcript showing the number of credits you earned each year prior to applying for this program if you have previously attended college.
  • Your Student Aid Report (SAR), which you received when you filed your completed FASFA.

Deadline: July 21, 2017

Amount: $5,500

Learn More: https://www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior/