Students: Apply now for the 2020-21 Excelsior Scholarship

The application for the 2020-21 New York State Excelsior Scholarship is now available to all college students who are New York residents with family income less than $125,000.

The deadline to apply for the Excelsior Scholarship for the fall 2020 semester is Aug. 31, 2020.

All first-time applicants must take the following actions to receive an Excelsior Scholarship award determination:

Students who are already receiving the Excelsior Scholarship only need to complete the FAFSA and TAP applications, if they have not done so already for the 2020-21 academic year.

Questions regarding the program or application status can be directed to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) at (888) 697-4372 or

New Paltz students can get more information about financial aid and their student accounts from the Office of Student Financial Services.