NYS Excelsior and ETA Programs

NYS Excelsior Program

The Excelsior Scholarship will provide free tuition, up to $6,470 in 2017-18 (up to $5,500 paid by the state and any difference paid by the university), for undergraduates who are New York state residents and U.S. citizens attending New York state's public colleges and universities. At Cornell, this includes the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (including the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, a shared school with the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business), the College of Human Ecology, and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Any aid a student receives from other sources (e.g. TAP, Pell, scholarships, and Cornell grant aid) will first be deducted from the Excelsior Scholarship maximum award, with the student receiving any remaining award funds.

Eligibility includes New York state residency, income eligibility, and course-load requirements while enrolled. Students must graduate on time and live and work in New York state after graduation for as many years as they receive the award or the Excelsior award amount will revert to a loan that must be repaid. Students interested in the Excelsior Scholarship should read all of the eligibility criteria and post-graduation requirements posted here.

The deadline to apply for the Excelsior Scholarship for 2017-18 is July 21, 2017. You can contact the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation Scholarship Unit at 888.697.4372 or scholarships@hesc.ny.gov with questions about the Excelsior Scholarship.

New York State Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA) Program

The Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA) Program will provide reduced tuition (up to $6,000, including the TAP award) to New York State residents who are U.S. citizens enrolled in undergraduate studies in a private college or university in New York state. At Cornell this includes the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Architecture, Art and Planning, and the School of Hotel Administration at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. Cornell has opted to participate in the ETA Program.

As a scholarship whose funding is from outside the university, the NYS ETA award will reduce the self-help component (loans and work-study) of your financial aid package before reducing the family contribution. HESC determines the amount of the ETA award, and if the cap of state funding is exceeded, a lottery or other system will be established to determine who receives awards, with preference being given to already enrolled students.

Eligibility includes New York state residency, income eligibility, and course-load requirements. Students must graduate on time and live and work in New York state after graduation for as many years as they receive the award or the ETA award amount will revert to a loan that must be repaid. Students interested in the ETA program should read all of the eligibility criteria and post-graduation requirements posted here.

Learn more about the ETA Program and application requirements, and contact the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation Scholarship Unit at 888.697.4372 or scholarships@hesc.ny.gov with questions about ETA.