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Spring 2021 First-Year Scholarships for NYS Residents


If you will be a New York state (NYS) high school graduate and a first-year applicant for Spring 2021, you may be eligible for a $3,500 scholarship — and, if you keep your grades up, your discount can last for up to eight semesters of consecutive study.

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1 in 4 undergraduate students receive a scholarship

Departmental Scholarships


Most academic departments offer scholarships to students in the major based on predetermined criteria.

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Eligibility Details


  • Graduate from a high school within New York state.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or other eligible non-citizen who pays the in-state tuition rate.
  • Graduate from high school in June 2020.
  • Awarded to students with a high school average of 85 or higher.
  • Be accepted for admission to SUNY Plattsburgh for the Spring 2021 semester.
  • Pay a $250 deposit before beginning your first year.
  • Attend full time beginning in January 2021, taking 12 or more credits.
  • Live on campus or commute from home.
  • The scholarship of $3,500 per year is deducted from non-tuition educational costs.
  • Applicants to our nursing program are not eligible for first-year scholarships.
  • Transfer students are evaluated for first-year scholarship levels under the following circumstances: a) earned between 1 and 23 credits of post-secondary course work; b) maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all post-secondary coursework; and c) meet the first-year scholarship criteria. Students who do not satisfy all three criteria are considered for transfer scholarships.

Other notes: For eligible students — don’t forget to complete your FAFSA, TAP and Excelsior applications to be considered for other available aid programs. Students who need to withdraw may maintain eligibility under certain circumstances.

Connect with admissions at SUNY Plattsburgh at 518-564-2040 or by email at [email protected].

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