Excelsior Scholarship

SUNY Canton Excelsior Scholarship

New York has become the first state in the nation to offer tuition-free college at public colleges and universities for families making up to $100,000 per year!

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To learn more about this exciting new program and how you might be eligible to attend SUNY Canton tuition-free:

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To complete the application you will need:

  • Copies of 2015 New York State income tax return(s) filed by you and your parent(s) or your spouse, as applicable
  • Your current unofficial college transcript showing the number of credits you earned each year prior to applying for this program if you have previously attended college.
  • Your Student Aid Report (SAR), which you received when you filed your completed FASFA.
  • Tips for Completing the Excelsior Scholarship Application

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The Excelsior Scholarship will be a game-changer for the State University of New York by making higher education even more affordable for many families,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “It will create more opportunities in education, and ultimately careers, for SUNY Canton students.”

Dr. Zvi Szafran,
SUNY Canton President


Introducing The Excelsior Scholarship



Governor's Info Session - May 5, 2017



Frequently Asked Questions

The Excelsior Scholarship begins in Fall 2017. Have questions? Learn more below.

The Scholarship

What is the Excelsior Scholarship?

A: New York is the first state in the country to provide tuition-free college at New York’s public colleges and universities to New York students pursuing undergraduate degrees full-time and whose families make up to $125,000 per year.


What does the Excelsior Scholarship cover?

A:The scholarship covers tuition at SUNY Canton and other SUNY and CUNY colleges and universities.

The scholarship does not cover other costs of college, such as room and board, books, fees, transportation, etc.

Students enrolling in a two-year program are eligible to receive the Excelsior Scholarship for up to two years; students enrolling in a four-year program are eligible to receive the Excelsior Scholarship for up to four years (this may be extended to five years in cases where the program typically takes five years to complete).

Excelsior does not cover one-year Certificate programs.


Eligibility

What are the income requirements to be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship?

A: For the 2017-18 academic year, the income of students and their families (parents, spouses) must be $100,000 or less (as reported in their Federal Tax return for 2015) in order to be eligible. For the 2018-19 academic year, income eligibility rises to $110,000 or less; for 2019-20 and beyond, students with families earning $125,000 or less will be eligible.


What does “New York resident” mean?

A: In order to be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship, students must reside in New York State for twelve continuous months prior to the term for which the scholarship is being sought. This is the same requirement for TAP.


I already have a degree. Am I still eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship if I want to go back to school?

A:Students that have earned an associate’s degree are not eligible to receive the Excelsior Scholarship for an additional associate’s degree.

Students that have earned a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to receive the Excelsior Scholarship for an additional bachelor’s degree.

Students who have successfully completed a two-year degree are eligible for an additional two years of funding to complete a bachelor’s degree, as long as the college to which the student transfers accepts all of the credits from the two-year program and meet all other eligibility requirements.


Do I have to take a certain number of credits to be eligible?

A: Students must enroll full-time in a New York public college or university.

For any student receiving the Excelsior Scholarship to continue to be eligible, he/she must continue to successfully complete 30 credits per year (including winter and summer terms), and must successfully complete at least 12 credits per semester.

 

Are current SUNY or CUNY students eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship?

A: Yes. Current students, must be enrolled full-time and have successfully completed 30 college credits toward their major each year (including winter and summer terms) prior to applying for the Excelsior Scholarship.

 

Once I receive the scholarship, can I lose it?

For any student receiving the Excelsior Scholarship to continue to be eligible, he/she must continue to successfully complete 30 credits per year (including winter and summer terms), and must successfully complete at least 12 credits per semester.

Students who do not successfully complete at least 30 credits per year (including winter and summer terms) can lose this scholarship.

 

However, the program has built-in flexibility that allows students to interrupt their scholarship benefits and re-enter the program in extenuating circumstances, including but not limited to the death of a family member, medical leave, military service, and parental leave.

Students considered disabled as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act will not be subject to the 30-credit yearly requirement or the 12-credit semester requirement. The enrollment requirements for these students will be defined soon.

 

Do I need a certain grade point average (GPA) to be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship?

A: There is not a GPA requirement for new students to be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship.

Once the Excelsior Scholarship is awarded, the student must maintain a GPA sufficient for continued progression toward on-time graduation in the student’s program of study.


What if I receive other grants and awards that cover the cost of tuition?

A: Students whose tuition is covered in full by TAP and Pell Grants are not eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship.

This is a “last dollar” scholarship, meaning that for eligible students, the State will cover the difference between any tuition assistance, grants, scholarships, or other awards toward the cost of attendance and the actual cost of tuition.


Are there other requirements I need to meet after completing my degree?

A: Excelsior Scholarship recipients must agree to live in New York after completing their degree for the length of time equal to the awards received. For example, a student receiving the Excelsior Scholarship for two years must commit to living in New York – and not working in any other state – for at least two years following completion of the degree.

Students may defer this requirement if they go out of state to finish their undergraduate education or pursue a graduate degree, but upon completion of that degree they must return to New York for the specified time.

Failure to meet this requirement converts the award from a scholarship to a student loan which must be repaid in full.


Applying for the Scholarship

How and when can I apply for the Excelsior Scholarship?

A: The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) will be publishing an application in late May. You can sign up for notifications here.

In addition, students are required to apply for the New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and the Federal Pell Grant program (by filling out a FAFSA).


More Info

Where can I find more information?

A: You can call our Admission Office at (315) 386-7011 or 1-800-388-7123 or reach them by email at admissions@canton.edu.

Our Financial Aid office can be a resource for further information for current students. You can call them at (315) 386-7616 or 1-800-388-7123, or reach them by email at finaid@canton.edu.

Additional information can be found on the SUNY website and the HESC website.