The cost of an FLCC education may be even more affordable through the Excelsior Scholarship program. This first-in-the-nation plan will provide tuition-free college at New York State's public colleges and universities to 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 is managed by the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). HESC is New York State's student financial aid agency that helps people pay for college and provides grant and scholarship award money to current and future college students.
Recipients of the Excelsior Scholarship may receive up to $5,500 or actual tuition, whichever is less. The maximum Excelsior Scholarship will be reduced by the amount of certain other student financial aid awards which an applicant has or will receive for the academic year including a New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award and/or federal Pell grant.
Determining eligibility for the Excelsior Scholarship is a two-part process. After applying for the scholarship through HESC, you'll receive a notification regarding your status. If you have met HESC's requirements, your information will be sent to FLCC for further review. FLCC will then review transcripts and other documentation, and if you meet the scholarship requirements, you will receive notification from FLCC confirming your eligibility. Please note: if TAP and Pell grants cover your full tuition, you are not eligible for an Excelsior Scholarship.
The spring 2018 Excelsior Scholarship application period is now open. This application is available to students first entering college in spring 2018, students who were able to catch up on credits in the fall 2017 semester to meet the credit requirement, and current college students who missed the fall 2017 application deadline.
Current recipients of this scholarship will not need to complete this application. If you first received the award in fall 2017, there is no additional action needed for the spring 2018 semester.