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Aid Programs

New York State Excelsior Scholarship Application

The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation has announced the release of the 2020-21 Excelsior Scholarship application.

The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, provides you the opportunity to receive a full tuition scholarship, up to $6,470 for the year.

To be considered for Fall 2020, you must complete the Excelsior Scholarship Application and meet income and eligibility requirements designated under New York State statute. The application is available now through August 31, 2020. Don’t miss this opportunity! Current Excelsior Scholarship recipients should not complete this application.

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically reduced state revenues and the State is contending with a devastating revenue loss amounting to $61 billion over four years. In light of this, New York Higher Education Services Corporation processing of new Excelsior Scholarship applications is pending Federal assistance, which has been delayed since April. In the absence of multi-year federal funding for New York State awards, Excelsior Scholarship awards may have to be reduced and/or prioritized for current recipients, as provided for under the program.


Financial aid refers to types and sources of financial assistance to students pursuing a degree at the University of Albany.

There are several types of student aid: