Answered By: Josh Weber
Last Updated: May 18, 2017     Views: 12

The free tuition program is called the Excelsior Scholarship. 

The new Excelsior Scholarship grants free tuition for students from households with income less than $100,000. The maximum household income maximum rises over the next few years. Starting in fall 2018, the maximum household income goes up to $110,000, and in fall 2019, it goes up to $125,000. For now, if you come from a household with income less than $100,000, and you plan to attend college full-time starting this fall, we’ve got you covered!

To be eligible, you must:

  • Meet the same residency requirements as other New York State financial aid programs.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA (details forthcoming).
  • Enroll in thirty credits per year (including summer). So, if you take fewer classes in the fall and spring, you can always make up for it during future summers – not the summer of 2017 – to be eligible. One of the great things about the program is its flexibility. You can take a break and come back another semester and still qualify for the scholarship.
  • After graduation, you are required to live in New York State for the same number of years as you received the scholarship while in school. But with all the exciting opportunities for further study and employment, we don’t think you’ll want to leave! If you’re thinking of going out of state for graduate school—that’s okay—just come back when you’ve earned your advanced degree to meet this requirement.

For more information you can consult this WCC webpage from the financial aid office

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