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 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 2017 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, sign up for email alerts – and apply for the scholarship starting June 7 – at the NY State’s HESC site. The closing date for applying for this Scholarship was July 21, 2017.

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

Spring 2018 Deadline: December 4, 2017

For information from CUNY about this scholarship, click here