How to apply for free college tuition in New York: Excelsior Scholarship open in January

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Some New York college students can receive free tuition, thanks to the New York State Excelsior Scholarship program, which fills the gap between tuition and federal and state financial aid.

The scholarship, provided by the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), New York’s higher education student financial aid agency, makes it possible for students whose families make less than $125,000 annually to receive a full scholarship to SUNY and CUNY schools.

New York Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul recently announced the opening of the Spring 2023 application process, which closes on Feb. 9, 2023.

HESC processes more than a half-million grant, scholarship and loan forgiveness applications each year and awards nearly $1 billion in financial aid to more than 330,000 students.

Applications for the Excelsior program are available for first-time students entering college in the Spring 2023 semester and current SUNY or CUNY students who have never received the Excelsior Scholarship.

The students must complete 30 credits per year toward their degree and have a household federal adjusted gross income of $125,000 or less.

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