There are numerous scholarship opportunities for students looking to attend Hudson Valley Community College outlined below.

Excelsior Scholarship

New York State's Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other financial aid programs, allows eligible students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free. As a SUNY community college, Hudson Valley encourages its students to learn more about this opportunity.

An Excelsior Scholarship recipient can receive up to $5,500 per year to cover tuition. Students must first complete the FAFSA and NYS Student Aid Payment applications. The Excelsior Scholarship may then cover the remaining balance of tuition after Pell, TAP and other grants, scholarships or other gift-aid for eligible students have been applied.

Students pursuing an associate degree are eligible to receive an Excelsior Scholarship for up to two years. Those pursuing a bachelor's degree are eligible for an award for four years.

To learn about eligibility requirements or to apply for the Excelsior Scholarship, visit the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website at

Additional resources:

SUNY Excelsior Scholarship Q&A

HESC Excelsior Scholarship Q&A

Hudson Valley Community College Scholarship Program

The college offers a quality education at a fraction of the cost of most private colleges and universities – and each academic year, the college, and the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation are proud to offer more than 100 scholarship opportunities that make Hudson Valley even more affordable.

Whatever your course of study – from computer information systems to dental hygiene – there’s a good chance that Hudson Valley offers a scholarship that matches your interests.

Other External Scholarship Opportunities

The internet is an excellent source of information to learn about free scholarship opportunities. There are dozens of online sites that list scholarship opportunities. Once you begin searching, you will find that one site will link you to many others.

Here are a few to get you started:

Keep the following information in mind when visiting these external sites:

  • Never give your Social Security Number
  • Date of birth may be required
  • Never pay to apply for a scholarship