New York State is giving students who otherwise might not be able to financially afford college a chance to attend. Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced that certain students can apply to go to college tuition-free.
New applicants can apply for the Excelsior Scholarship for the Spring 2023 term. The scholarship, combined with other financial aid, gives certain students the chance to attend a SUNY or CUNY two-year or four-year college tuition-free full-time.
Requirements to apply for the Excelsior Scholarship:
- Household federal adjusted gross incomes of up to $125,000
- Student must plan on attending a SUNY or CUNY two or four-year college
- Finish 30 credits per year towards their program of study
- Student must be on target to earn an Associate's Degree in two years or a Bachelor's Degree in four years
Governor Hochul said,
Since its inception, the Excelsior Scholarship has enabled tens of thousands of students from low and middle-income families the chance to pursue a quality education tuition-free. By easing the financial burden associated with the cost of attending college, students and their families can focus on their education, providing New York's students every possible opportunity to climb the ladder of success.
Students can apply for the Excelsior Scholarship here
I think it is a great opportunity for people who might not be able to afford college to attend. A lot of employers have been complaining they can't find educated and skilled workers, so hopefully this will help in the future.