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 2018-19 Excelsior Scholarship application

  • The 2018-19 NYS Excelsior Scholarship application is now available on the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) webpage.  The application deadline is July 23, 2018.
  • Current Excelsior Scholarship recipients do not need to complete a new Excelsior application.  However, a NYS Student Aid Payment Application must be submitted every year thereafter.
  • Applicants must have a combined federal adjusted gross income of $110,000 or less.  For additional eligibility guidelines, click here.

2018-19 Direct Loan Interest Rates beginning July 1, 2018

  • Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loans for undergraduate students - 5.05%
  • Direct Unsubsidized loans for graduate students - 6.60%
  • Direct PLUS Loans for parents and Grad/Professional students - 7.60%


2018-19 Recommended FAFSA filing dates

  • New students: file your FAFSA by January 1 to ensure the best offer of financial aid. To complete your FAFSA, please go to
  • Returning students: file your FAFSA by March 1 to ensure the best offer of financial aid.
  • Graduate students:  Financial Aid Award offers will be available beginning early July.  A FAFSA must be on file to ensure timely notification of an award offer.   

Last Updated: 6/5/18