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» Excelsior Scholarship Program Information:

The New York State Excelsior Scholarship is a state funded scholarship program designed to support full-time undergraduate students from working and middle income households who are on track for on-time degree completion. The Excelsior Scholarship is administered by Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).  Further details are available here.

Helpful Resources:


Excelsior Scholarship Fact Sheet

HESC Excelsior Schlolarhip Program Information 

HESC Excelsior Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions


» Freshmen and Transfer Student Scholarships:

Many students receive scholarships and awards from their local communities and are encouraged to research private scholarships on the web.

Although the college does not have a substantial merit-based program, it does participate on a limited basis with school districts that may have local "Dollars for Scholars" chapters which is coordinated with your high school guidance departments.

Please note that the Financial Aid Office only awards Federal and State regulated grant, work and loan programs based upon the FAFSA.

Upon acceptance to the college, any limited available merit awards would be offered by the Admissions Office at that time. There is no separate application.


» Continuing SUNY New Paltz Student Scholarships:

The online application process for 2019-2020 scholarships will be available in the spring.  The application deadline is March 29, 2019. Details are available by viewing the 2019-2020 Foundation Scholarship AnnouncementThe link to Apply for Scholarships Online can be found here. Start by completing the General Application then click the Opportunities tab to view the scholarships. Be sure to start your application early to allow ample time for your professors to submit their recommendations by the deadline.


» Private Scholarships:

We encourage students to seek outside resources in addition to the Foundation Scholarships.  Visit our Private Scholarship page for information and useful search engine tips.

»Get an edge up on the competition! View our Exploring Scholarship Opportunities Presentation.