Excelsior Scholarship

This application is used to establish your eligibility for the Excelsior Scholarship. If additional documentation is required, you will be instructed to submit it electronically to expedite the process.

Web Application


Welcome to the online application for the New York State Excelsior Scholarship program.

This application is for students seeking to receive a first-time award for the Spring 2021 term. If you still have a pending application from the Fall 2020 term, please contact HESC or your school financial aid office to determine the cause.

Please note: if you are already a recipient of an Excelsior Scholarship from a previous application period, you do not need to complete this application. You are a recipient if you signed and submitted the Excelsior Scholarship contract, even if you did not receive payment in the prior year.

The full list of eligibility requirements can be found here.