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New York State Department of Labor

Updated Media Advisory: Members of Cuomo Administration and SUNY Leaders to Hold Excelsior Scholarship Information Sessions at SUNY Campuses Across New York

First-in-the-Nation Program Makes NYS Public Universities Tuition-Free for Families Making Up to $125,000 Per Year, Alleviating Crushing Burden of Student Debt and Placing More New Yorkers on Path to Financial Security

Events Will Educate Students, Parents, and Faculty About Opportunities Presented by the Excelsior Scholarship

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Albany, NY (May 04, 2017) -

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an updated schedule for members of his administration and SUNY leaders to hold information sessions about the first-in-the nation program to provide tuition-free college at New York’s public colleges and universities to families making up to $125,000 a year, the Excelsior Scholarship. The events, to be held at SUNY campuses, will be open to the public, and students, parents and faculty are all encouraged to attend to learn how they can benefit from the scholarship.

Cuomo administration officials and SUNY leaders who will host upcoming events include: Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, Chairman of the SUNY Board of Trustees Carl McCall, Higher Education Services Corporation Acting President Guillermo Linares, Commissioner of the Office of General Services RoAnn M. Destito, Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon and Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky.

Under the Excelsior Scholarship, nearly 80 percent, or 940,000 middle-class families and individuals making up to $125,000 per year, would qualify to attend college tuition-free at all CUNY and SUNY two- and four-year colleges in New York State.

An updated schedule of upcoming events is below.

WHAT: Howard Zemsky, President and CEO of Empire State Development and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development, to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at SUNY Geneseo
WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 10:30 AM
WHERE: SUNY Geneseo
Doty Recital Hall
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY

WHAT: Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at SUNY Fredonia
WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 11:00 AM
WHERE: SUNY Fredonia
McEwen Hall 209
280 Central Ave
Fredonia, NY

WHAT: Guillermo Linares, Acting President, NYS Higher Education Services Corporation, to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at SUNY Cobleskill
WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 12:30 PM
WHERE: SUNY Cobleskill
Upper Champlin Dining Hall
106 Suffolk Circle
Cobleskill, NY

WHAT: Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at SUNY Alfred
WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 2:00 PM
WHERE: SUNY Alfred
Student Leadership Center
10 Upper College Drive
Alfred NY

WHAT: Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at Buffalo State College
WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 5:00 PM
WHERE: Buffalo Stateý College
Technology Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY

WHAT: Carl McCall, Chairman, SUNY Board of Trustees, to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at SUNY Potsdam
WHEN: Friday, May 5, 10:00 AM
WHERE: SUNY Potsdam
Raymond Hall 8th Floor Lounge
44 Pierrepont Avenue
Potsdam, NY

WHAT: Carl McCall, Chairman, SUNY Board of Trustees, to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at SUNY Canton
WHEN: Friday, May 5, 11:30 AM
WHERE: SUNY Canton
Miller Campus Center
Room 218-220
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY

WHAT: Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at SUNY Cortland
WHEN: Friday, May 5, 4:45 PM
WHERE: SUNY Cortland
22 Graham Ave
Cortland, NY

WHAT: Guillermo Linares, Acting President, NYS Higher Education Services Corporation, to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at Rockland Community College
WHEN: Sunday, May 7, 3:00 PM
WHERE: Rockland Community College
Ellipse, Technology Center
145 College Road
Suffern, NY

WHAT: Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York, to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at SUNY New Paltz
WHEN: Monday, May 8, 1:30 PM
WHERE: SUNY New Paltzý
Student Union Building
Multi-Purpose Room, 2nd Floor
One Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY

WHAT: RoAnn Destito, Commissioner, NYS Office of General Services, to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at Mohawk Valley Community College
WHEN: Monday, May 8, 6:00 PM
WHERE: Mohawk Valley Community College
Alumni College Center
1101 Sherman Drive
Utica, NY

WHAT: Roberta Reardon, Commissioner, NYS Department of Labor, to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at Corning Community College
WHEN: Monday, May 8, 7:00 PM
WHERE: Corning Community College
Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Library, Hanley Room
One Academic Drive
Corning, NY

WHAT: Guillermo Linares, Acting President, NYS Higher Education Services Corporation, to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at Finger Lakes Community College
WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, 6:00 PM
WHERE: Finger Lakes Community College
Geneva Campus Center
63 Pulteney St
Geneva, NY

WHAT: RoAnn Destito, Commissioner, NYS Office of General Services, to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at Herkimer County Community College
WHEN: Wednesday, May 10, 6:00 PM
WHERE: Herkimer County Community College
Sarkus/Busch Theater
100 Reservoir Road
Herkimer, NY

WHAT: Howard Zemsky, President and CEO of Empire State Development and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development, to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at ​Genesee Community College
WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 4:30 PM
WHERE: Genesee Community College
Room T102
One College Road
Batavia, NY

WHAT: Roberta Reardon, Commissioner, NYS Department of Labor, to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at SUNY Adirondack
WHEN: Tuesday, May 16, 4:30 PM
WHERE: SUNY Adirondack
Bishop Conference Room, Scoville Learning Center, 3rd Floor
640 Bay Road
Queensbury, NY

WHAT: RoAnn Destito, Commissioner, NYS Office of General Services, to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at Fulton-Montgomery Community College
WHEN: Wednesday, May 17, 6:00 PM
WHERE: Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Student Union, Large Lounge
2805 State Highway 67
Johnstown, NY

WHAT: RoAnn Destito, Commissioner, NYS Office of General Services, to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at Mohawk Vally Community College's Rome Campus
WHEN: Thursday, May 18, 6:00 PM
WHERE: Mohawk Valley Community College
Rome Campus
Plumley Complex Room 150
1101 Floyd Avenue
Rome, NY

WHAT: Roberta Reardon, Commissioner, NYS Department of Labor, to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session at Cayuga Community College
WHEN: Monday, May 22, 1:00 PM
WHERE: Cayuga Community College
Business & Industry Center (BIC)
197 Franklin Street
Auburn, NY

WHAT: Roberta Reardon, Commissioner, NYS Department of Labor, to host Excelsior Scholarship Information Session​ at SUNY Oswego
WHEN: Monday, May 22, 3:30 PMý
WHERE: SUNY Oswego
Sheldon Hall Ballroom
72 Sheldon Avenue
Oswego, NY

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