Financial Aid and Scholarships
It is important for students to keep informed about deadlines for completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be aware of the many aid sources that exist. This wide range of sources includes Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Work Study, the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Ithaca College grants and scholarships.
Ithaca College Scholarships:
See side bar to the right for links to information/application for scholarships available to Physical Therapy majors in the School of HSHP.
State and national programs:
The American Physical Therapy Association has information on a variety of potential resources for financial aid and scholarships. More info
The American Physical Therapy Association strongly supports legislation that would authorize physical therapists to participate in student loan forgiveness programs such as the National Health Service Corps and Frontline Providers program. More info
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers the Indian Health Scholarship program, the purpose of which is "…to obtain health professionals to meet the staffing need of the Indian Health Service in health manpower shortage areas." This program provides financial assistance for Native Americans in selected health care professions. Physical therapy is one of the "Priority Careers" supported by this program. A service obligation is required. More info
- The Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey (HRET), an affiliate of the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA), believes it is particularly important to encourage and enable New Jersey residents to pursue health careers and, therefore, has established a scholarship fund to assist in meeting this need to selected students who are New Jersey residents and enrolled in: Graduate study in hospital or healthcare administration, public administration, graduate study in Nursing or other Allied Health Profession; and/or Junior or senior year undergraduate study in hospital or healthcare administration, public administration, Nursing or other Allied Health Profession. More info
- AMBUCS "Scholarships for Therapists" program, for which physical therapy undergraduate and graduate students are eligible, is to enhance direct therapy services to citizens who are disabled and functionally handicapped by providing financial assistance for professional training. Physical therapy is one of six professional training areas for which these scholarships are available. More info
- Recently the New York State Education Department has offered the Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarship Program to students who are members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the licensed profession. It is currently on hold due to budget restrictions. More info