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NY Waives Hiring Fees on Civil Service Exams

POSTED August 20, 2023

New York has waived civil service exam application fees for all New York State civil service exams through December 2025. The removal of fees for all State exams was one of several actions included in the FY 2024 Budget to help modernize New York's public workforce.

“As our state continues to grapple with an affordability crisis, civil service exam fees place yet another burden on New Yorkers – particularly the passionate New Yorkers seeking meaningful careers in state service,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. "By waiving these fees, my administration is standing by its commitment to modernizing New York’s workforce and lowering barriers to ensure that our civil servants reflect the rich diversity of our state."

Department of Civil Service Commissioner Timothy Hogues said, "Removing exam application fees for all state civil service exams is one of the many proactive steps that New York State is taking to help make a career in public service more accessible for all. At the Department of Civil Service, we are making improvements to eliminate barriers to entry for civil service jobs and transforming the State’s approach to meeting our workforce needs to help recruit and retain a diverse and talented workforce that will serve all New Yorkers. I encourage all individuals to consider applying for exams that you qualify for to start the pathway to a rewarding career that offers many benefits with New York State."

Civil service exam fees can serve as a substantial barrier to entering public service, particularly for candidates from traditionally marginalized communities. While fee waivers previously existed for veterans, as well as individuals that are unemployed or receiving public assistance, the majority of test-takers were required to pay an exam fee.

The removal of exam application fees for state civil service exams is one of several actions taken as part of the FY 2024 Budget to modernize New York's public workforce and streamline government operations. Additional actions include offering civil service exams on an ongoing basis at 12 state-operated testing centers to be established across the state and expanding the state's existing 55-B hiring program to increase job opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Together, these actions reaffirm the Governor's commitment to making government work better for New Yorkers.

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