Excelsior Scholarship

Excelsior Scholarship

Excelsior Scholarship

New York became the first state in the nation to offer free tuition to its public universities. The Excelsior Scholarship was announced in April 2017 by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to ensure that “the dream of opportunity is for everyone.” CUNY Chancellor James Milliken noted that it “will enable many New York State residents to attend a CUNY college tuition-free and establish a national model broadening access to higher education.”

The scholarship will be available in Fall 2021 to John Jay College students who meet the following criteria:

The Excelsior Scholarship will be applied to each qualifying student’s financial aid package after all other aid, including TAP, Pell, City Council Scholarship, college scholarships, and other grants or scholarships are applied. Students MUST complete the FAFSA and TAP applications BEFORE they can apply for the Excelsior Scholarship.

Students can learn more about the Excelsior Scholarship and apply for the scholarship at the NY State’s HESC site.

The Fall 2021 application is open to students first entering college in the Fall 2021 term,  students who caught up on credits during the Spring 2021 term to meet the credit requirement, and current college students who missed the deadline for the Spring 2021 application.
Current Excelsior Scholarship recipients should not complete this application. For students who first received an award in Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, or Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 no additional action is needed.

Spring 2021 Deadline: August 31, 2021

For information from CUNY about this scholarship, click here

"Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically reduced state revenues and the processing of new applications is pending on Federal assistance, which has been delayed since April. Excelsior Scholarship awards may have to be reduced and/or prioritized for current recipients as provided for under the program."