SUNY and CUNY Students Whose Families Make Up to $125,000 Annually Can Apply for Tuition-Free College
Applications Now Open Here, Accepted Through August 31, 2023

Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the application for the Excelsior Scholarship for new applicants for the 2023 – 2024 academic year is now open here. The Excelsior Scholarship allows eligible full-time students to attend a SUNY or CUNY two-year or four-year college tuition-free. The scholarship is administered by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation.

“The Excelsior Scholarship is one of the most promising programs in New York State, providing access to an affordable college education for thousands of middle and lower-income New Yorkers,” Governor Hochul said. “At a time when economic disparities are widening, it is more important than ever that every student has access to the resources they need to succeed. I encourage all who are interested to apply to this critical program that will help countless New Yorkers climb the ladder of success.”

Students from households with federal-adjusted gross incomes up to $125,000 are eligible for an Excelsior Scholarship award. Students must also:
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); and
Be on track to graduate with an associate degree in two years or a bachelor’s degree in four years

The Excelsior Scholarship is just one of the many ways New York State makes college affordable and accessible. Thanks to New York State’s generous higher education funding programs, in 2021-22, more than 263,000 students received state financial aid, including approximately 30,000 students who attended a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free because of the Excelsior Scholarship. Visit the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation website to explore other options available to help pay for college.

For more information about the Excelsior Scholarship Program, please visit

The 2023-2024 Excelsior Scholarship application is open to first-time students entering college in the Fall 2023 term and current college students who have never received the Excelsior Scholarship. Students currently receiving an Excelsior Scholarship do not need to complete this application to receive continued award payments. Students eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship under the Senator José Peralta New York State DREAM Act can apply here.

Applications will be accepted through August 31, 2023.