Tuition-free college for middle-class New Yorkers

SUNY Oswego has a long-standing commitment to higher education access, college completion and cost predictability. And now, through New York State's Excelsior Scholarship program, a greater number of New York students and families will be eligible to earn free tuition at SUNY Oswego. The first-of-its-kind in the nation plan will be phased in over three years, beginning for New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually in fall 2017 - spring 2018, increasing to $110,000 in fall 2018 - spring 2019, and reaching $125,000 in fall 2019 - spring 2020.

Fall 2019 application

The 2019-20 Excelsior Scholarship application is now open.

The fall 2019 application will be open to:
  • Students first entering college in the fall 2019 term;
  • Current or transfer students who caught up on credits during the past year to meet the credit requirement; and
  • Current college students who missed the deadline for the fall 2018 and spring 2019 application.

Application deadline: August 15, 2019

Note: Current Excelsior Scholarship recipients should not complete this application. For students who previously received the award no additional action is needed.

Eligibility requirements

  • Family household adjusted gross income, as filed on federal tax returns, must not exceed $100,000 for fall 2017 - spring 2018, $110,000 for fall 2018 - spring 2019, and $125,000 for fall 2019 - spring 2020 recipients
  • New York State residency
  • Earn 30 credits per year and maintain progress towards graduation
  • Good academic standing
  • Graduate on time with a bachelor's degree in four years
  • Students must live in New York and not work out of the state after graduation for the same number of years they receive the award, or they will need to repay the award.
  • Students must complete their academic program in four years, unless they are in an approved five-year undergraduate program.

For complete eligibility requirements, please visit New York State’s Higher Education Services Corporation's (HESC) Excelsior Scholarship page.

Applying for the Excelsior Scholarship

The Excelsior Scholarship application for fall 2019, and the 2019-20 school year is available on HESC's Excelsior Scholarship page

Application Deadline for fall 2019 term: Thursday, August 15, 2019


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Application Deadline for Fall 2019 Term:
Thursday, August 15, 2019


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