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Excelsior Scholarship Information

Beginning this fall, New York State residents may be able to attend Herkimer County Community College tuition free through the Excelsior Scholarship program. 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. The application for 2017-18 is available now through July 21, 2017.

NYS Excelsior Scholarship Info

FAFSA filing workshops

The Financial Aid Office will be open on the First Wednesday of every month from 4pm-6pm to assist students in filing their FAFSA, TAP and Excelsior Scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 academic year.  See our flyer for more information!!

It's time to file your 2017-2018 FAFSA application!!

2017-2018 FAFSA Changes

Students can now file their 2017-18 FAFSA three months earlier starting October 1, 2016.  When completing the application students and parents will use their 2015 income tax which is the same income that was used for the 2016-2017 FAFSA.  This change allows students to file the FAFSA earlier and have the financial aid processed well before the student receives a bill.  Both student and parent (if applicable) will use an FSA ID to electronically sign the FAFSA application.  The FSA ID can be created on the FAFSA website.


Summer Financial Aid

Classes begin May 22nd, 2017

Financial Aid for the summer session is only available for eligible Herkimer College students that are matriculated prior to the Summer 2017 semester, and are in good academic standing. To be matriculated the student must be pursuing a degree from Herkimer College. Eligibility for summer aid is explained below. To be considered for any federal financial aid for the summer session, students must complete a Summer 2017 Financial Aid Application and have a completely processed 2016-2017 FAFSA in our Financial Aid Office by June 30, 2017.

Direct Loans can be awarded to students who have not used all of their loan eligibility during the 2016-2017 academic year, and are enrolled for at least 6 credit hours during the summer session.

Pell Grants are available to students that were part time or attended college for only one of the academic semesters during the 2016-2017 academic year. 

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is available to students attending at least 6 credit hours that have earned at least 24 credit hours in the previous 2 semesters at Herkimer College. Students must file the 2017-2018 FAFSA and TAP applications to be considered for this award.


New York will pay your student loan bill for two years!!!

Select the link below for details on this new loan program designed to assist students paying back their student loans.  Eligible students will have New York State pay on their student loans for 2 years.

Student Loan Program


Financial Literacy

Now you can improve your financial literacy with online courses through the SUNY Smart Track Financial Literacy Website.  You can learn about budgeting, identity theft and personal money management.  Set up an account and get started today!!

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