New York State College Tuition Programs

Excelsior Scholarship Program

The Excelsior Scholarship provides free tuition to New York State students whose families earn up to $110,000 annually, to attend a SUNY or CUNY two-year or four-year college.   It will extend to families making up to $125,000 annually by 2019.  Applications are being accepted through July 23, 2018.  Apply or learn more at  To find additional information on the benefits of the scholarship and how to apply, students and their families can visit or, and text COLLEGE to 81336 for updates.

Students must:

  • be residents of New York State
  • enroll in a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
  • take 30 credits per calendar year (including winter and summer sessions)
  • plan to live and work in New York following graduation for the length of time they participate in the scholarship program


Programs of Interest

Rockland Business Association presents a joint event by the Technology Initiative and the Women’s Leadership Council — Students and their parents are welcome to register and attend a presentation by the RBA that provides an economic outlook for people planning to pursue careers in the STEM fields.  Please register online through the RBA website and select “full time student.” Students or other guests who do not register will not be allowed into the event.  Please refer to flyer for more information.


Parents of Juniors and Seniors

Financial Aid Night hosted by the PRHS Guidance Department has a new date.  It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the Pirate Cove

Our program moderator is from the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation and has extensive experience with the financial aid process.  She will walk you through the process, providing helpful information and answering your questions.  Please join us for this informative and important evening. PR Pirate Flag Community Service-- The deadline for community service awards consideration for grades 9, 10 and 11 is May 7; the deadline for seniors is May 14. You must have at least 25 hours in the current school year to be considered for an award.