Excelsior Scholarship

New York State is taking a bold step in addressing the cost of college education and student loan debt by launching the Excelsior Scholarship in Fall 2017. The Excelsior Scholarship is an innovative, tuition-free program aimed at making an education more affordable for New York State residents. We at CUNY SPS are excited about the promise of this groundbreaking program, and although many of the details are being worked out at the state level, we are pleased to provide you with some initial information about the Excelsior Scholarship.

We strongly encourage you to take the time to educate yourself about the Excelsior Scholarship so you may determine if this opportunity is right for you and your family. Review the Excelsior Scholarship Key Points for more details.

Visit the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website to sign up for an email alert for the Excelsior Scholarship application and to view a list of Frequently Asked Questions, or text COLLEGE to 81336 for more information.

CUNY's Excelsior Scholarship FAQ provides current information about the Excelsior Scholarship.


We will continue to update this page as more details become available about this program.

Have a question that we have not addressed? Contact our Financial Aid Office by sending an email with “Excelsior Scholarship” in the subject line to financialaid@sps.cuny.edu