The Excelsior Scholarship
Beginning fall 2017 New York will be the first State in the Nation to offer a tuition-free scholarship to residents making up to $100,000 annually in 2017, increasing to $110,000 in 2018 and reaching $125,000 in 2019.
Things you should know…
Q. Will I be able to attend college at SUNY Morrisville tuition free?
A. Yes. If you are a NYS resident whose family household adjusted gross income (as filed on your 2015 federal tax return) does not exceed $100,000 for the 2017-2018 academic year and you complete 30 credits per year, you will be able to attend SUNY Morrisville tuition free.
Q. What does it mean to be a “NYS resident” for purposes of receiving this scholarship?
A. To be considered a NYS resident for purposes of receiving this scholarship, you must have resided in the State for 12 continuous months prior to the term for which the scholarship is being sought.
Q. How much can I receive from the Excelsior Scholarship?
A. An Excelsior Scholarship recipient can receive up to $5500, minus any amounts received for TAP, PELL or other scholarships. The remainder of the tuition charge will be covered through tuition credit by SUNY.
Q. When will I be able to apply for the scholarship?
A. It is anticipated that the Excelsior Scholarship application will be available in late May.
Q. Can I receive the scholarship if I am a currently enrolled student?
A. Yes. Students who are currently enrolled are eligible to receive the scholarship, provided they are currently on track to complete their degree on-time.
Q. How long can I receive the scholarship?
A. You are eligible to receive the scholarship for up to two years for students pursuing an associate’s degree and up to four years for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Students in an undergraduate program of study normally requiring five years are eligible to receive the scholarship for five years.
Q. Do I need a certain grade point average to keep the scholarship?
A. Scholarship recipients need to earn a passing grade to maintain their Excelsior Scholarship, provided they earn a total of 30 credits over the course of an academic year.
**Recipients should keep in mind they may have other awards which also carry academic standards that differ from those required for the Excelsior Scholarship.
For more information and to register to receive electronic notification of when you may apply for the Excelsior Scholarship, please visit Excelsior Scholarship