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Excelsior Scholarship Information


The Excelsior Scholarship Program that started Fall 2017 will make college tuition-free for eligible in-state students within the SUNY system.

How to Apply:

The Excelsior Scholarship application is now available for the 2018-2019 academic year.  For further information and to apply go to:

To receive the Excelsior Scholarship, you must first apply for admission to Herkimer College and federal and state financial aid:


  • Family’s 2016 Federal Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) must be less than $110,000
  • Student must meet general NYS grant eligibility criteria:
    • A resident of New York State for one year
    • Citizen or eligible non-citizen
    • High School graduate, GED, High School Equivalency recipient
  • Attend full-time (12 credits or more per semester)
  • Earn 30 credits each year and make progress to graduate on-time (within two years)
  • Maintain good academic standing (according to HESC, recipients must earn a passing grade in their coursework)
  • Student must agree to live/work in New York State after leaving college for the number of years equal to the awards received (failure to meet the live/work requirement results in the scholarship’s conversion to an interest-free loan)

Current/ Continuing Students:

  • Must have started as a freshman in the 2016-2017 academic year or later
  • Must have attended full-time in consecutive semesters (no breaks in attendance)
  • Must have earned 30 credits (includes winter mini, summer session) per year and be progressing towards degree within 2 years form the start
  • Must be working on a first degree (students with a prior AA’s or BA/BS's are not eligible)

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