If you enroll at SUNY Orange as a full-time student, and meet certain eligibility requirements established by New York State for its Excelsior Scholarship program, you could attend the College tuition-free. Take advantage of this new financial aid program available to NYS residents only.


In order to apply, students must:

  • Be residents of New York State
  • Plan to attend a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
  • Take 30 credits per year and make progress towards graduation
  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Be on track to graduate on time with an Associate's Degree in two years or a Bachelor's Degree in four years.

The application for the Excelsior Scholarship is now active at www.HESC.ny.gov or you can text COLLEGE to 81336. Check out the eligibility criteria and apply!

New York already operates a generous $1 billion Tution Assistance Program. The Excelsior Scholarship is intended to supplement all current aid programs, including but not limited to TAP, PELL, and SUNY/CUNY Tuition Credit programs, and to cover the gap in tuition not covered by these other programs.

You’ll also need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may also reach out to our Financial Aid Office for help with your financial aid.

To apply to SUNY Orange, or find out more about our degree and certificate programs, please visit our Admissions website, or call (845) 341-4030.

Learn more

For further details about the Excelsior Scholarship eligibility and application information, or to sign up for email alerts when more information is available, please visit www.HESC.ny.gov