The latest information including FAQs on New York State’s newly established Excelsior Scholarship are available at the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website. This first-in-the-nation plan for free college tuition for NY residents will be phased in over three years. As the exact parameters of the new program are fully implemented, it is important to note that completing the existing FAFSA and TAP applications will continue to be the first step in applying for the Excelsior Scholarship. The new Excelsior Scholarship application is anticipated to be released at the end of May 2017 for students enrolling in the Fall 2017 semester, but we encourage all students to start with the FAFSA and TAP applications.
GCC will continue to update its website as new information and materials become available for Excelsior Scholarships.
At GCC you'll find a number of opportunities to save or earn money towards college. Last year we helped GCC students obtain more than $26 million in aid for education!
- Scholarships - usually based on scholastic merit and don't need to be paid back
- Grants - don't need to be paid back
- Loans - DO need to be paid back
- Work-Study - allow you to earn money while you attend GCC
If you would like to learn more about the different kinds of aid available, prepare a realistic college budget or get assistance with the aid application process, schedule an appointment with one of our counselors!
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