BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The deadline to apply for the new SUNY Excelsior Scholarship is this Friday. That's the program that allows students from families in New York making less than $100,000 a year to go to any public college or university tuition-free in the fall.
2 On Your Side’s Kelly Dudzik spent Tuesday taking your questions about the SUNY Excelsior Scholarship program on Facebook and Twitter. There were a lot of great questions. Including this one from Eric. Eric wanted to know if there's an age limit on who can apply for the scholarship.
The answer is, no. But you cannot use the scholarship to earn a second degree. So, if you already have a 2 or 4-year degree from a long time ago, you won't qualify. If you just received your 2-year degree, you can apply to get a scholarship to continue your education and earn a 4-year degree. The state says, "Applicants who have an associate’s degree can receive an award to pursue a bachelor’s degree, provided they immediately enroll in a four-year program upon completion of their two-year degree. You may not receive an award to pursue a second associate’s or a second bachelor’s degree."
Jill asked: “What about those in private schools?"
Private schools had the option to be part of the program. The school and the state end up splitting up to $6,000 in tuition costs. In Western New York, only Canisius, Hilbert, Niagara, Alfred University, and Trocaire College decided to take part.
Jim wanted to know if there is a certain G.P.A. you need to maintain in order to keep the scholarship.
The answer is, yes. As a student, you're required to maintain a grade point average necessary for the successful completion of your coursework. So, it can't get so low that you're kicked out of school — it's based on the rules of your college.
Your household income is based on your 2015 taxes just like the federal student loan application.
There were so many other great questions. For more answers, you can chat online with a SUNY representative from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.