Beginning in Fall 2017
Do you qualify for free tuition? Read our FAQ below to learn about The Excelsior Scholarship that offers opportunities for free tuition at Nassau Community College.
Students must be enrolled in college full-time and average 30 credits per year (including Summer and January semesters) in order to receive the funding.
Q. What does the Excelsior Scholarship cover?
A. The program covers tuition for eligible Nassau Community College students.
The program does not cover the other costs of college, which include but are not limited to fees, transportation, textbooks, and more
Q. What are the requirements for students?
A. The program will be phased in over three years, beginning in Fall 2017. It would first apply to families who earn $100,000 or less, then to those who earn $110,000 or less in 2018, and eventually reaching $125,000 or less in 2019. The income calculation is based on federal adjusted gross income, as reported on federal income tax forms, for the student and their family.
Q. How is (gross adjusted) income determined?
A. Gross adjusted income is calculated through federal or state tax forms. Students will use the income listed for the 2017-18 FASFA application, from their 2015 tax form.
Q. What are the residency requirements for the Excelsior Scholarship Program?
A. Residency requirements are the same as requirements for other New York State financial aid programs.
Q. What other resources are available to students to alleviate the costs of college?
A. Nassau Community College encourages all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which is used to determine eligibility for federal and New York State (NYS) financial aid programs, including the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).
To better understand the costs of college and begin filling out the FAFSA form, please visit SUNY Smart Track Website for High School Students and Families.
Information specific to TAP and other NYS Grants and Scholarships can be found at www.hesc.ny.gov.
Q. Will current Nassau Community College students be eligible next year?
Q. Are students who take online classes eligible?
Q. Is it possible for students to lose their Excelsior Scholarship?
A. Yes. Students must be enrolled in college full-time and average 30 credits per year (including Summer and January semesters) in order to receive the funding, however, the program has built in flexibility so that any student facing hardship is able to pause and restart the program, or take fewer credits one semester than another. This requirement on students will encourage on-time degree completion.
Q. Will any exceptions be made for part-time students or those with disabilities?
A. Yes. As with the TAP grants, students with disabilities will not be required to register full-time to be eligible for the scholarship.
Q. How do I apply?
A. To apply to Nassau Community College visit ncc.edu/apply.
The Excelsior Scholarship program application procedures and regulations will be developed and managed by the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).
Application process: HESC is developing an application for the Excelsior scholarship. Students applying for this scholarship must also complete the FAFSA and TAP applications.
The Excelsior program application procedures and regulations will be developed and managed by the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).
This is new scholarship program, and some aspects of it may be subject to change. For further details, please visit hesc.ny.gov