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

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Enhanced Tuition Awards Application for 2018-19 Now Open

Students attending a private college in New York State may be eligible to receive up to $6,000 through the Enhanced Tuition Awards program.  More information, a list of participating colleges, and a link to the application is available at  Application deadline is July 31, 2018.

Programs of Interest

 St. Thomas Aquinas College is heading into its third year of the SUEZ Leadership Institute for Environmental Studies The 2018 camp will be Sunday, July 22nd to Friday, July 27th.  The Institute is a six-day residential program providing an in-depth perspective on sustainability in today’s environment, covering topics such as Water, Energy, Climate Change, Sustainability, and The Environment.  The cost is $275 for a weekly program that includes room and board.  Please see flyer for more information.