GCC in Batavia hosting session May 11 on new tuition-free program in NY

Staff Reports Posted 4 May 2017 at 11:06 am

BATAVIA – Genesee Community College in Batavia will host an information session on May 11 about New York’s “Excelsior Scholarship” program which is included in the new state budget.

The session at GCC begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Conable Technology Building / T102, One College Road, Batavia.

Gov. Cuomo and the State Legislature approved the tuition-free program to make college possible for thousands of students across the state and help alleviate the burden of student debt.

The informational session on May 11 is being presented by Howard Zemsky, president and CEO of Empire State Development and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development. It is free and open to the public.

When fully implemented, the Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other aid programs, is expected to allow 200,000 students to attend a State University of New York (SUNY) college tuition-free.

Tuition-free college can begin this fall 2017 semester for students whose families make up to $100,000 annually and extend to those making $125,000 annually by 2019.

In order to apply, students must be residents of the state, plan to attend a SUNY (or CUNY) two- or four-year degree program, complete 30 credits per year and make progress towards graduation, maintain good academic standing, and be on track to graduate on time with an associate degree in two years or a bachelor’s degree in four years.

For more information on the program, click here.

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