Student Aid

New York State Programs

Detailed information about the programs listed on this page may be found at the Office of Financial Aid website, or the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC) website,
Office of Financial Aid

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provides grant assistance to help eligible New York residents attending in-state postsecondary institutions pay for tuition. TAP grants are based on the applicant’s and his or her family’s New York State net taxable income.

The amount of the TAP award is scaled according to type of school, level of study, tuition charge, and net taxable income. Seven award schedules are currently in effect. Award schedules may be changed by subsequent legislative action. All income data reported are subject to verification by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and NYSHESC.

Undergraduate award amounts currently range from $500 to $5,000, depending on family New York State net taxable income and when the student receives his/her first TAP payment. Graduate awards range from $75 to $640.

Recipients must be in good academic standing (see "Academic Standing and Progress") in accordance with commissioner's regulations and must not be in default of a loan guaranteed by NYSHESC.
Academic Standing and Progress
Academic Standing Information on Financial Aid Website

Other New York State Programs

Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Scholarships for Academic Excellence are awarded to outstanding graduates from registered New York State high schools. Awards are based on student grades in certain regents' exams.

Awards are $1,500 to the top graduating senior of each high school in the state. Awards of $500 are made to other academically gifted students. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years, or five years in certain programs, and must be used within seven years of being awarded.

Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)

The Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) program provides grant assistance for eligible part-time students enrolled in approved undergraduate studies. Award amounts vary depending on availability of funds.

Part-Time TAP

This program helps eligible New York State residents attending in-state postsecondary institutions on a part-time basis to pay for tuition. The student must have earned at least 12 credits in each of two consecutive semesters, for a total of 24 credits earned. Award amounts vary depending on the number of credit hours the student is taking. Note that this program is not the same as the Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) program.

New York State World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship

World Trade Center Memorial Scholarships provide funds to help meet the cost of attending college. The award covers up to four years of full-time undergraduate study (or five years in an approved five-year bachelor's degree program).

Children, spouses, and financial dependents of deceased or severely and permanently disabled victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, or the subsequent rescue and recovery operations, are eligible to apply.  Recipients need not be New York State residents or U.S. citizens to receive the scholarships.

Memorial Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased Police Officers and Firefighters

This award provides financial assistance to children and spouses of deceased police officers, firefighters, volunteer firefighters, peace officers, and emergency medical service workers who served in New York State and died as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty.

The amount of the award is equal to the actual tuition and room and board costs, plus an allowance for books, supplies, and transportation, or the same costs at a SUNY institution, whichever is less.

Vietnam Veterans Tuition Awards

A full-time award, combined with any Tuition Assistance Program award, cannot exceed tuition. If part-time, students must be enrolled for at least 3 but fewer than 12 credits per semester.  Proof of Vietnam veteran status to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation is required.

The maximum award for full-time attendance is $1,000 per semester, or $500 per semester for part-time study.

Persian Gulf Veterans Tuition Award

The award is $1,000 per semester for full-time study, or $500 per semester for part-time study.  The recipient must currently be a New York State resident and have served in the U.S. armed forces in the hostilities that occurred in the Persian Gulf from August 2, 1990, to the end of such hostilities.

The student must submit a Persian Gulf Veterans Tuition Award supplement form to NYSHESC.

Regents Award for Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans

The student must be a New York State resident at the start of the term for which payment is made. The student's parent or stepparent must have served in the U.S. armed forces during specified periods of war or national emergency and, as a result of service, have died or have suffered 40 percent or more disability or be classified as missing in action. Alternatively, the parent (the veteran) must have been a prisoner of war during the specified period of service. The veteran must currently be a New York State resident or have been a resident at the time of death, if the death occurred during or as a result of service.

The award is $450 per year.

Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarships

Recipients must be in an approved program of study in New York State, be a New York State resident, and be a citizen or qualifying noncitizen of the United States. Selection is based upon the following priorities: the applicant is economically disadvantaged and a member of a minority group that is historically underrepresented in the chosen profession; the applicant is a member of a minority group that is historically underrepresented in the chosen profession; and, lastly, the applicant is enrolled in or graduated from the following opportunity programs: SEEK, CD, EOP, or HEOP.

Award amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year for up to four or five years of study.

Application forms and information may be obtained from the New York State Education Department, Bureau of HEOP/VATEA/Scholarships, Education Building Addition, Room 1701, Albany, NY 12234.

Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program (RIRP)

RIRP is a New York State program designed to recruit and retain quality personnel for the state military forces (army and air guard and naval militia). This program will pay the cost of tuition up to a maximum of $4,350 per calendar year for qualified applicants.

Full details on the program may be found at the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) website.
DMNA Website

Student Aid to Native Americans

The applicant must (1) be on an official tribal roll of a New York State tribe or the child of an enrolled member of a New York State tribe, and a resident of New York State.   The award is $2,000 per year for a maximum of four years of full-time study (five years, where a fifth year is required for completion of degree requirements) and a minimum of 12 credits per semester. Students registered for fewer than 12 credits per semester will be funded at prorated amounts.

Application forms may be obtained from the Native American Education Unit, New York State Education Department, Education Building, Room 478EBA, Albany, NY 12234. Call 518-474-0537 for deadline dates and additional application information.

Source: Native American Education Unit, New York State Education Department, Albany, NY 12234

Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award

AmeriCorps provides opportunity for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups.  In return for their service, members of AmeriCorps programs earn money for school in the form of an education award that can be applied to outstanding student loans or future higher educational and vocational training pursuits. Full-time AmeriCorps members perform 1,700 hours of service. Part-time AmeriCorps members perform 900 hours of service.

Awards of up to $4,725 are given for full-time service, and up to $2,363 for part-time service.

For additional information, see the AmeriCorps website. New York residents can contact the New York State Office for National and Community Service, 52 Washington St., Rensselaer, NY 12144.
Americorps Website

Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
Application Procedures

Application is through the HEOP office at the independent institution of higher education at which the applicant is enrolled. Contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs for additional information, 607-274-1692, or see the website.
Office of Multicultural Affairs

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards

The applicant must be (1) a New York State resident; (2) a matriculated undergraduate student at an independent college or university in New York State; and (3) academically and economically disadvantaged according to guidelines approved by the Board of Regents and the director of the budget. Selection of eligible applicants for participation in HEOP is conducted by the institution or the HEOP program at the institution or both.

Award Schedule

The amount of financial assistance and other support provided to HEOP participants depends on need as determined by the institution and the program, within state guidelines.

Responsibilities of Recipients

Recipients must meet requirements for academic progress determined by each institution, within state guidelines. Each recipient must also apply for TAP, Pell, or other financial aid every year. HEOP-eligible students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the federal processor. Indicate on the FAFSA that the information is to be released to Ithaca College. HEOP-eligible students also must submit a New York State Express TAP Application (ETA). The FAFSA application is available at local high schools or colleges. The ETA is generated by NYSHESC and mailed to the student after the student files the FAFSA.

Vocational Rehabilitation Grants
Application Procedures

Persons with disabilities can obtain a list of locations where grant application information is available by contacting the Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID), New York State Education Department, 1606 OCP Twin Towers Building, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12234, phone: 518-474-2714.