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SUNY Chancellor King Announces System-Wide Fee Waiver for All AmeriCorps Alumni Applying to a SUNY Campus

ESF offers one-year deferral for AmeriCorps alumni

Little Rock, AR - Oct. 26, 2023 -  Addressing the Clinton Foundation’s “AmeriCorps: 30 Years Forward” summit, State University of New York Chancellor John B. King, Jr. announced 15 SUNY colleges and universities have been recognized as AmeriCorps “Schools of National Service” and SUNY has enacted a System-wide college application fee waiver for AmeriCorps alumni, who may apply up to seven SUNY campuses for a savings of $350.

AmeriCorps has provided a path to higher education for more than 1.25 million alumni who have earned over $4 billion in Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards to help pay for college. AmeriCorps provides opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds to serve their country by improving the lives of individuals and uplifting communities. The summit marks the 30th anniversary of President Clinton signing the National and Community Trust Act of 1993 which laid the groundwork for AmeriCorps’ creation.

“AmeriCorps provides a clear pathway to higher education for a diverse group of alumni who have dedicated their time to communities across the country—helping with natural disaster recovery, assisting with K-12 education and mentoring, fighting poverty and substance abuse, and much more. Alumni come to SUNY with a deeper appreciation of other cultures and a broader perspective that benefits our campuses in fostering greater diversity of thought and inclusion,” said SUNY Chancellor King. “As a long-time advocate for AmeriCorps, I am proud of our system-wide fee application waiver for alumni and applaud our 15 SUNY institutions for being the first of many SUNY campuses to sign on as AmeriCorps Schools of National Service. AmeriCorps has been a pillar of community service in our country for 30 years, and we look forward to expanding our partnership to help make a college education possible for more AmeriCorps members.”

This is the third recent announcement from Chancellor King about programs that will open up will open up civic education and engagement opportunities for students including: SUNY’s Civic Education and Engagement and Civil Discourse Fellows and the FAFSA Completion Corps.

AmeriCorps CEO Michael D. Smith said, “Since AmeriCorps was created 30 years ago, millions of Americans from all backgrounds have served billions of hours with AmeriCorps, giving back to their communities, and transforming lives from coast to coast. As the next generation of AmeriCorpsmembers and alumni consider the possibility of college, it is only right that we support them on their journey as well. SUNY’s announcement today deepens their commitment to community service and civic engagement. By joining more than 250 Schools of National Service, SUNY will bring the possibility of college in reach for even more young changemakers who are committed to lifting up and giving back to their communities.”

Colleges and universities designated as a School of National Service have access to AmeriCorps network of over a million diverse alumni. These institutions reward those alumni with incentives to attend their college or university such as in-state tuition matches, scholarships, enrollment deferrals, and application fee waivers; all of which have been proven to eliminate barriers prospective students face when choosing to enroll in higher education.

In addition to waiving the college application fee, these SUNY institutions designated as Schools of National Service will offer AmeriCorps Alumni:

  • University at Albany: One-year enrollment deferral, priority admissions consideration, and $1,000 scholarship for up to five AmeriCorps alumni
  • University at Buffalo: One-year enrollment deferral and priority admissions consideration
  • Buffalo State University: Evaluated academic credit for experience, one-year enrollment deferral, and up to two alumni will qualify for the $5,000 Howe Community Service Scholarship
  • SUNY Cobleskill: Scholarships or fellowships, a one-year enrollment deferral, and evaluated academic credit for experience
  • SUNY Cortland: Priority admissions consideration, a one-year enrollment deferral, and two $1,000 scholarships or fellowships
  • SUNY ESF: One-year enrollment deferral for individuals
  • Genesee Community College: In-state tuition rate for out-of-state alumni
  • SUNY Geneseo: One-year enrollment deferral, Segal Education Award match with $1,000 in scholarship support
  • Jamestown Community College: In-state tuition rate for out-of-state alumni and a one-year enrollment deferral
  • SUNY Morrisville: $1,500 annual scholarship along with potential for additional merit and need- based scholarships, in-state tuition for out-of-state alumni, and priority admissions consideration
  • Niagara County Community College: Scholarships for tuition, expenses, and on-campus housing; in-state tuition for out-of-state alumni, one-year enrollment deferrals, and evaluated academic credit for experience
  • SUNY Oneonta: One-year enrollment deferral, up to five $1,000 scholarships to match the Segal Education Award, evaluation of service for potential academic credit
  • SUNY Oswego: One-year enrollment deferral
  • Purchase College: One-year enrollment deferral, priority admissions consideration, and dollar-to-dollar match of the Segal Education Award up to the half-time participation award amount
  • Stony Brook University: One-year enrollment deferral, priority admissions consideration, and $1,000 for three qualified alumni

“We’re proud to be part of a higher education system that recognizes the value that AmeriCorps alumni can bring to our institution," said ESF President Joanie Mahoney. "Our mission at ESF is to Improve Our World, which is a perfect match for AmeriCorps alumni who are community-minded and have a drive to make a difference. We enthusiastically invite them to consider ESF as the place to continue their education and are happy to offer them incentives upon applying.”



The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies, and building a sustainable and resilient future through design, policy, and management of the environment and natural resources. Members of the College community share a passion for protecting the health of the planet and a deep commitment to the rigorous application of science to improve the way humans interact with the world. The College offers academic programs ranging from the associate of applied science to the Doctor of Philosophy. ESF students live, study and do research on the main campus in Syracuse, N.Y., and on 25,000 acres of field stations in a variety of ecosystems across the state.

About AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteerism, provides opportunities for Americans to serve their country domestically, address the nation’s most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities and strengthen civic engagement. Each year, the agency places more than 200,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in intensive service roles; and empowers millions more to serve as long-term, short-term or one-time volunteers. Learn more at AmeriCorps offers opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds to be a part of the national service community, grow personally and professionally and receive benefits for their service. Learn how to get involved at

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