Processing issue at SUNY Cortland causes Excelsior Scholarship delay

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CORTLAND, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — SUNY Cortland students and their families were scrambling to pre-pay the fall semester’s tuition by Monday, as funding from the promised Excelsior Scholarship hadn’t been distributed.

Waiting all summer for the scholarship money to come through, students and their families were feeling pressured to pay themselves by the deadline to be able to start the semester.

A spokesperson for SUNY Cortland tells NewsChannel 9 that a processing error is to blame for the delay, but has been corrected.

Families confirm to NewsChannel 9 that just as they were about to pay themselves, the scholarship money went through Monday morning.

A SUNY Cortland spokesperson says, “The Excelsior Scholarship has been applied prior to students meeting their payment deadline, which is now August 16. No SUNY Cortland students will be expected to pre-pay for approved Excelsior Program funding in order to start school this fall.”

The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free, up to $6,470.

The program is only open to students from families that earn $125,000 or less, as filed on state income tax returns.

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