Excelsior Scholarship

New Scholarship for New York Residents

Apply for the Excelsior Scholarship

The University is pleased to announce that the State of New York, under the leadership of Governor Cuomo and the legislature, is taking a bold step in addressing the cost of college education and student loan debt by launching the Excelsior Scholarship.  This program is the first of its kind in the country. It will enable many New York State residents to attend a CUNY college tuition-free and establish a national model broadening access to higher education.

Recipients of this award must have a family income of $100,000 or less, file the Free Application for Student Aid (FASFA) along with the TAP application, attend full-time, and complete 30 credits per year.  Awardees must also agree to reside exclusively in New York State and not be employed in any other State for a continuous number of years equal to the duration of the award.

The Excelsior Scholarship will be applied to each qualifying student’s financial aid package after all other aid, including TAP, Pell, City Council Scholarship, college scholarships and other grants or scholarships are applied.

Additional details about the Excelsior Scholarship will be made available once the regulations governing the program are finalized.  In the meantime, we recommend that you file the FAFSA immediately if you have not already done so.  Please refer any questions you have to the Admissions or Financial Aid Office at the college you will be attending.

Chancellor James B. Milliken
The City University of New York