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» Excelsior Scholarship Program Information:

The recently passed New York State budget includes funding for the new Excelsior Scholarship Program, which will provide undergraduate tuition assistance to NYS residents attending SUNY or CUNY on a full-time basis. For the 2017-18 academic year, families may qualify for an award with a 2015 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) under $100,000. It is anticipated that the amount of the Excelsior Scholarship will be based on the cost of tuition minus all other grants and scholarships such as TAP and Pell. The Excelsior Scholarship Program will be administered by Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). The Excelsior Scholarship application is scheduled to be available in late-May. Students can sign-up to be notified by HESC when the application becomes available here.

In addition to income requirements, students must meet academic and residency requirements to qualify for and maintain this scholarship. For example, students must complete 30 credits per year to continue to receive the scholarship. Recipients must also live and work (if employed) in NYS for the number of years equal to the number of years the awards were received, otherwise the scholarship total will be converted to a loan (with a 0% interest rate).

HESC is currently in the process of writing the regulations which are expected to be available in the next few months. Our website will be updated as new information becomes available.

Learn More - Excelsior Scholarship Program at SUNY New Paltz

HESC Excelsior Scholarship Q&A

SUNY Excelsior Scholarship Q&A


» 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:

Each year the college invites its continuing students to apply for its various Foundation scholarships.

The online application process for 2017-2018 SUNY New Paltz Scholarships is now open!  The application deadline is May 1, 2017The link to Apply for Scholarships Online can be found on my.newpaltz.edu by clicking on Money then Apply for Scholarships Online under Financial Aid .  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! Exploring Scholarship Opportunities for Current New Paltz students.