Applications for SUNY, CUNY schools increase since Excelsior Scholarship established

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) – Applications for SUNY four-year schools have increased by nine percent since New York State announced the Excelsior Scholarship- applications to CUNY schools have increased 11 percent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced Wednesday. 

Both systems also have seen significant increases in freshmen taking 15 credits per semester for Fall 2017- 11 percent for SUNY, and 39 percent for CUNY.

“Since the introduction of the Excelsior Scholarship, more New Yorkers from middle income households have the opportunity for free tuition, making a high quality college education attainable,” SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson said.  Now, as we enter the second year of this program, we are encouraged to see a significant increase in the number of students applying to SUNY and taking that first step toward making their college dream a reality.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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