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Act Now to Receive Free Tuition (NYS Excelsior Scholarship)

Act Now to Receive Free Tuition

Spring 2018 Excelsior Scholarship Application CLOSES: December 4, 2017

How to Apply

  • Apply online at
  • To receive the Excelsior Scholarship, you must first apply for:
  • Spring 2018 application window is open to new enrollees and transfers as well as Fall 2017 enrollees who did not apply during the previous application cycle.


  • Family’s 2015 federal Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) must be less than $100,000
  • Student must meet general NYS grant eligibility criteria:
    • A resident of New York State for one year
    • Citizen or eligible non-citizen (permanent residents, certain refugees and asylees)
    • High School graduate, GED/HSE recipient, or gain acceptance into RCC’s 24-credit program
    • Attend full-time (12 credits or more per semester)
    • Earn 30 credits each year and make progress to graduate on-time (in two years)
  • Student must agree to live/work in New York State after leaving college for the number of years equal to the awards received
  • Failure to meet the live/work requirement results in the scholarship’s conversion to an interest-free loan


  • Must have started in Spring 2016 or later
  • Must have attended full-time in consecutive semesters (no breaks in attendance)
  • Must have earned 30 credits per year and be progressing towards degree within 2 years from start
  • Must be working on a first degree (students with prior AA’s or BA/BS’s are not eligible)

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Learn More

  • Contact Financial Aid
  • Review NYS HESC info by texting COLLEGE to 81336

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