Tuition-Free Degree Program: The Excelsior Scholarship

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Leading the Way to College Affordability

It's time to make college tuition-free for middle class New Yorkers.

Higher education is a necessity to succeed in today's global economy.

Governor Cuomo is taking the lead on alleviating the burden of student debt. New York’s tuition-free degree program, the Excelsior Scholarship, is the first-of-its-kind in the nation and will enable thousands of bright, young students to realize their dream of higher education.

Under this groundbreaking proposal, more than 940,000 middle-class families and individuals making up to $125,000 per year would qualify to attend college tuition-free at all public universities in New York State.

Let's make college a reality, not a dream for New York's middle class.


Watch Senator Sanders show his support for Governor Cuomo's plan to help encourage every person to get all of the education he or she can.

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.

Senator Bernie Sanders

"What Governor Cuomo is proposing is a revolutionary idea for higher education. It’s an idea that’s going to reverberate not only throughout the State of New York, but throughout this country.”

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Help Alleviate the Crushing Burden of Student Debt