Excelsior & Say Yes

The recently announced “Excelsior Scholarship” is a last-dollar scholarship that covers the tuition costs remaining at any SUNY or CUNY institution after all other scholarships are applied (federal, state, institutional, Say Yes, and other).

As the details for this exciting new program are still being determined, Say Yes Buffalo will continue to provide its last-dollar tuition scholarships to Buffalo students in a “business as usual” fashion.  This means that students who are eligible for Say Yes support will continue to receive scholarships to cover up to 100% of the tuition balance that remains after federal, state and institutional aid are applied.  It is our understanding that students who have a tuition balance after Say Yes aid has been applied may also be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship and that Buffalo students who are not eligible for Say Yes Scholarships but meet eligibility for Excelsior can receive that Scholarship.  

Specific questions about a student’s eligibility for the Excelsior Scholarship should be directed to New York State at 1-888-NYSHESC (1-888-697-4372); To learn more about the Excelsior Scholarship click here.

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