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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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One-Armed Basketball Player Recruited for College Team Scores His First Points

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On December 10th, teammates and fans of Northwestern State sounded their applause when their new freshmen basketball player scored his first points for the team.

It was an extra special applause for the point guard, since Hansel Emmanuel has only one arm.

A minute later he added to his total with a thunderous dunk in what became a 91-73 win over Louisiana-Monroe, bringing the crowd of 1,600 to their feet.

But this is far from the beginning of Hansel Emmanuel’s story: last year, ESPN was already reporting that college recruiting analysts were interested in the young man from the Dominican Republic.

Playing on a cinderblock wall when he was six, it collapsed under him, crushing his arm and necessitating amputation. But like all champion athletes, he never stopped working, never let anyone feel sorry for him, and soon began to create a major social media following with small clips of him playing street ball.

Emmanual’s father was a professional in the Dominican Republic, and the social media videos caught the attention of one of his father’s former teammates—the head coach at Life Christian Acadmey in Florida. He brought Emmanual over on a scholarship, and soon the one-armed guard won the state championship, bringing interest from college scouts.

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Americans’ Advice is Clear: College Teaches Important Life Lessons Beyond Coursework

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Almost three-quarters of Americans believe college isn’t just about school—it also teaches important life lessons.

That’s according to a new poll of 2,000 adults, which revealed 73% agree that college educates you about adult life beyond coursework and the classroom.

While doing well in school and getting good grades was found to be the hardest part of college (46%), time management (45%), having more responsibilities (44%) and living on your own (43%) also were some of the top challenges.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Texas Tech University, results also revealed that 44% of respondents are currently considering returning to college or going for the first time—with 42% saying they are interested in learning new skill sets or changing career paths.

Of the respondents who have attended college, 85% believe college prepared them for adult life, but 80% agree if they could go back, they would change some things about their college experience.

42% cited ‘helping with job interviews and applications’ as an area where colleges could improve. Being more affordable also ranked high on the list (39%).

When it comes to choosing a school, 41% of those surveyed are looking for classes or seminars that teach about life beyond the classroom.

“We all hear the national conversations about the costs of attending college, asking whether the experience is worth it,” said Texas Tech vice president for enrollment management Jamie Hansard. “While what students learn in the classroom can be foundational for the goals and careers they want to pursue, it’s important to understand that the value of college goes far beyond a person’s academic achievements.”

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