Updated as of: 8/22/2017

NYS Excelsior Scholarship: FREE TUITION

Under this groundbreaking program, more than 940,000 middle-class families and individuals making up to $125,000 per year will qualify to attend college tuition-free at all CUNY and SUNY two- and four-year colleges in New York State. The new program begins in the fall of 2017 and will be phased in over three years.
In order to apply, students must:
- Be residents of New York State

- Attend a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program

- Take 30 credits per calendar year (including January and Summer sessions)

- Plan to live and work in New York following graduation for the length of time they participate in the scholarship program

Excelsior Fact Sheet


RIT Rochester City Scholars Scholarship: FREE TUITION

  • Students must live in the city and attend an approved high school within the district for the last three years of high school.
  • Students must graduate from an approved high school and enroll at RIT in the fall semester after graduation.
  • Students must apply for admission by February 1 and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the March 1 priority deadline for guaranteed consideration. The $60 application fee is waived for RCSD students.
  • The student’s total annual family income (including taxed and untaxed income) must not exceed $66,000.
  • Students must be accepted through RIT’s regular admissions standards and maintain full-time status at RIT. Apply at http://www.rit.edu/admissions/apply


St. John Fisher First Generation and Service Scholarships: UP TO 50% OFF TUITION/ROOM & BOARD