New York now accepting applications for tuition-free college program

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Wednesday marks the first-day students can apply for the Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature Excelsior Scholarship.

The scholarship, a highlight of this year’s session could provide you with tuition assistance toward a two or four-year degree state university degree.

So far 3,200 people have applied for the scholarship.

Once you’re logged into the site, all you need to do is click where it says “Excelsior”.

A box on the right-hand side will appear, click apply now. Check that you’ve read the notice and you’re in the application process.

In order to receive any money toward a two or four-year SUNY or CUNY college degree, you must have lived in New York for the last year, have a high school degree, and your parents can’t make more than $100,000 a year.

If you’re already a college student, you must have completed 30 credits in your last semester.

You won’t be eligible if you’re trying to pursue a second associate or bachelor’s degree.

If you’re approved, to keep your “free tuition” you must maintain at least 12 credits hours per term and 30 for the entire year.

You must also sign a contracting agreeing to stay in New York for a number of years you receive tuition. If you don’t, your free tuition will be treated as a loan that you’ll have to pay back.

There’s a frequently asked questions tab too if you need more information.

The governor’s administration says you can expect a response to whether you’ve been approved in about a week.

The administration has about 30 people available for tech support and another 50 to answer the phones on their scholarship hotline number.

Learn more about the program and apply.

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