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The amount of the Excelsior Scholarship depends on how much other grant aid you receive each semester. Many BMCC students are already attending tuition free using the existing financial aid programs. These include TAP, Federal Pell Grant, NYC Council Merit Scholarship, ASAP Tuition Waivers, and other grants, scholarships or waiver assistance currently available. The Excelsior Scholarship will not replace any of these other funding sources, but will be used in addition to them to make sure that your tuition is paid. You must apply for and accept any grant assistance offered before you may be considered for an Excelsior Scholarship award.
Remember that the Excelsior Scholarship is a tuition-only award. The program does not cover the other costs of college, such as mandatory school fees, room and board, transportation, textbooks, and other costs of attendance. Receiving an Excelsior Scholarship will not free up grant money from other sources to help you pay for these other college costs.