Enabling Thousands of Students to Realize their Dream of a College Education
Begins in Fall 2017
The first-in-the-nation plan will be phased in over three years, beginning for New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually in the fall of 2017, increasing to $110,000 in 2018, and reaching $125,000 in 2019.
Crushing the Burden of Student Loans
Making New York State's public universities tuition-free will alleviate the financial stresses of student loans and put more New Yorkers on a path to financial security.
Promote On-Time Completion
By making college affordable, the Excelsior Scholarship Program will encourage more students to graduate on time and will grow the number of graduates from our public universities.
New York’s Tuition-Free Degree Program: The Excelsior Scholarship