Excelsior Scholarship & Enhanced Tuition Assistance Program

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  • Alfred University is one of only two universities in New York State that can participate in both of the new financial aid programs aimed at helping students from families with incomes of $100,000 or less - the Excelsior Scholarship and Enhanced Tuition Assistance Program.
  • Alfred University is able to participate in both programs because it is home to one of only five statutory colleges in the state; the other four are at Cornell University. The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University was created in 1900, nearly 50 years before the SUNY system was founded.  Students enrolled in the School of Art & Design, as well as the materials-based engineering programs—biomedical materials engineering, ceramic engineering, glass science engineering and materials science – are eligible to apply.
  • Students enrolled in majors in the New York State College of Ceramics may qualify for Excelsior funding of up to $6,470 for the 2017-18 academic year, depending upon what other sources of aid they are already receiving.
  • Students enrolled in majors offered through the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the College of Professional Studies, as well as mechanical and renewable energy engineering majors interested in the Enhanced Tuition Assistance Program must apply through the Higher Education Services Corporation, which again will determine eligibility. The maximum award will be $6,000, after other sources of aid are factored in. Half of the resulting award will come from the State and the other half will be awarded by the University. Those who have been granted eligibility will be competing for one of 25 slots available at Alfred University this year.
  • "Free tuition” does not equal “free college.” Room, board, and fees factor into your total costs. You should compare total costs, not just the cost of tuition. Alfred University provides institutional aid – grants and scholarships, not loans – for most families whose family income is below $100,000 a year. Our goal is to help you make the best financial plan for you to attend Alfred University.
  • Alfred University’s institutional aid does not have a limit to the number of semesters and there’s no requirement that you remain in New York State for at least four years after graduation. The grant will not turn into a loan if you leave the state.
  • The Excelsior Scholarship includes a four-year deadline on completion which may reduce opportunities for internships and co-ops, study abroad, and could even limit options for student teaching. Participating in all of these enhances your ability to get that first job or to gain entry to the graduate school/professional program of your choice.

For more information on the Excelsior Scholarship and/or the Enhanced Tuition Assistance Program, visit the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation.

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