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A New Opportunity to Apply for Free Tuition at RCC

DATE: November 10, 2017

Excelsior Scholarship applications are open until December 4

RAMAPO – If you will be a full-time student at Rockland Community College in the spring of 2018, you may be eligible for free college tuition. The New York State Excelsior Scholarship program is once again accepting applications, from now through December 4.

This new application window is open to students who will be starting college at RCC in the Spring semester as well as transfer students. Students who began classes this Fall but did not apply for the Excelsior Scholarship in the previous cycle are also eligible. All applicants must be New York State residents and meet other eligibility guidelines.

Students currently receiving the Excelsior Scholarship do not need to apply in this cycle. About 160 RCC students were declared eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship after the initial round of applications this past summer.

To be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship, a student’s family Adjusted Gross Income for 2015 must be less than $100,000. Applicants must first apply for admission to RCC, and must also fill out federal (FAFSA) and state (TAP) applications for tuition assistance.

To learn more about the Excelsior Scholarship and the application process, contact Financial Aid at 845-574-4282 or visit

Find out all about Rockland Community College’s programs of study and life on campus at the Fall Open House on November 14. To get more details, or to RSVP for the Open House or upcoming Information Sessions for Paralegal Studies and Nursing, visit