Excelsior Scholarship

Earning a Queensborough degree is now more affordable than ever.

The cost of a Queensborough Community College education may be more affordable than ever with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship program.

The Excelsior Scholarship program, the first of its kind in the nation, will provide tuition-free college at New York’s public colleges and universities for middle-class families.

While details about the scholarship are still becoming available, we know that the 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.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled in college full-time and complete 30 credits per academic year.
 

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The application for the Excelsior Scholarship is expected to become available in May. Here is what you can do now to be ready:

If you are a new student who plans to attend Queensborough for the first time this Fall:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine eligibility for federal and New York State (NYS) financial aid programs, including the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), by visiting http://www.fafsa.gov/
  • Enroll as a full-time student for the 2017-18 academic year and plan to complete 30 credits per year. Note: Credits earned during the summer and winter semesters will count toward the 30 credit requirement. 
  • Sign up to be notified when the application for the Excelsior Scholarship becomes available by clicking here.
  • Complete the Excelsior Scholarship application when it becomes available in late May. 

If you are a student who is currently enrolled at Queensborough: 

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine eligibility for federal and New York State (NYS) financial aid programs, including the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), by visiting http://www.fafsa.gov/
  • Enroll as a full-time student for the 2017-18 academic year and plan to complete 30 credits per year. Note: Credits earned during the summer and winter semesters will count toward the 30 credit requirement. 
  • Complete the Excelsior Scholarship application when it becomes available in late May. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The following are intended to provide information about the Excelsior Scholarship. Additional FAQs about the program are also available through the Higher Education Services Corporation at hesc.ny.gov.


Will I be able to attend Queensborough tuition-free this fall?

If you are a New York State resident whose family household adjusted gross income does not exceed $100,000 for the 2017-18 academic year (as filed on your 2015 federal tax returns), and you complete 30 credits per year, you will be able to attend tuition free.

  • What does it mean to be a “New York State Resident” for the purposes of receiving this award? To be considered a New York State resident for purposes of receiving this award, you must have resided in the State for 12 continuous months prior to the term for which the award is being sought.

  • How is (gross adjusted) income determined? Gross adjusted income is calculated through federal tax forms. Students will use the income listed for their 2017-18 FAFSA application, from their 2015 federal tax form.


Do I still need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form?

Yes. The scholarship will build on other financial aid. If you receive a need-based federal Pell Grant or a New York Tuition Assistance grant (TAP), you must use those grants first to pay for tuition. The Excelsior Scholarship will cover the remaining cost of tuition.


Does the program cover other costs associated with attending college?

The program is for tuition only. It does not cover other costs associated with attending college, such as fees, transportation, textbooks and meals.


Is it possible for me to lose my Excelsior Scholarship?

You may lose the scholarship if you do not continue to meet all eligibility requirements. For example, students must be enrolled in college full-time and complete 30 credits per academic year in order to receive the funding.


Are there requirements that I must meet after I complete my degree?

You must live in New York State for a continuous number of years equal to the duration of the award received. For example, if you received two Excelsior Scholarship awards while earning your associate’s degree, you must live in New York State for two years after college. In addition, if you are working during those years, you must work in New York State. If you do not meet these requirements, your Excelsior Scholarship will become a loan.


When will I be able to apply for the Excelsior Scholarship?

It is anticipated that the application will be available in late May. You can register to be notified when the application becomes available by clicking here.

Details about this new scholarship are still emerging, and we will share information here as it becomes available. For additional information, please visit the Higher Education Services Corporation or email FinancialAid@qcc.cuny.edu.

Page last updated: 4/18/17

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