April 13, 2017 Update: SUNY Financial Aid Services has new information on the Excelsior Scholarship. Get the details
The cost of an FLCC education may be even more affordable with New York State's Excelsior Scholarship. The first-in-the-nation plan will be phased in over three years, beginning for New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually in fall 2017, increasing to $110,000 in 2018, and reaching $125,000 in 2019.
The Excelsior Scholarship builds on current financial aid grants, such as TAP, Pell and scholarships. After these sources are added together, the Excelsior Scholarship covers whatever is needed to pay full tuition.
Information for Current FLCC Students
- No one's financial aid will go down. Some students will find they are eligible for more aid through the Excelsior Scholarship.
- Since the Excelsior Scholarship covers tuition only, students who already have tuition fully covered through TAP or Pell will not qualify for the Excelsior Scholarship. This program will make the greatest difference for students with higher family incomes who pay at least some of their own tuition out-of-pocket or with loans.
- All current financial aid and potential additional aid through Excelsior hinges on completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Students who have not filled out the 2017-18 FAFSA should do so as soon as possible. In addition to filing a FAFSA and TAP application, students will also need to file an Excelsior Scholarship application. Higher Education Services Corporation expects the application to be available in late May 2017.
- Continuing students who qualify for the Excelsior Scholarship must have successfully attained 30 credit hours in the previous year prior to the start of the school year to be eligible. FLCC will notify current FLCC students who may qualify for an Excelsior Scholarship if they need summer school to attain the required 30 credits.
- Students must agree to live in New York State for a continuous number of years equal to the duration of the award received. There is no requirement that the student be employed during that period, but they cannot work in another state. If a student fails to meet these requirements, the award will be converted to a student loan.
- The Excelsior Scholarship only applies to students pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree, not certificates.
- Students who have previously completed an associate or bachelor's degree are not eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship.
- In addition to the Excelsior Scholarship, there is also a part-time scholarship that offers part-time students up to $1,500 as long as they take between six and twelve credits and maintain a 2.0 GPA.
Information for Future Students and Families
- All financial aid and potential additional aid through Excelsior hinges on completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Future students and families who have not filled out the 2017-18 FAFSA should do so as soon as possible. In addition to filing a FAFSA and TAP application, students will also need to file an Excelsior Scholarship application. Higher Education Services Corporation expects the application to be available in late May 2017.
- A 9 a.m. information session about the Excelsior Scholarship will be added to our Saturday, April 29 Spring Visit Day for prospective students.
- FLCC will schedule four community information sessions in early May—one at the main campus and one at each of the campus centers in Geneva, Newark, and Victor. FLCC staff will provide information on the Excelsior Scholarship, followed by a FAFSA completion workshop. Check this page for dates and times.
The Excelsior Scholarship is administered by Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). Additional information, including a scholarship alert form and Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on their website. In addition, the State University of New York (SUNY) also has information on the Excelsior Scholarship. Details about this exciting new scholarship are still emerging, and we will share information here as it becomes available. To receive email notifications of updates to this page, please fill out this form.