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Grants, Scholarships and Awards



Grants, scholarships and awards come from several sources, including the college, New York State and the Federal government. Other sources include funding from corporations, unions, trust funds, religious and fraternal organizations, and other associations.

Grants, scholarships and awards do not have to be paid back. You should always explore the "free money" opportunities available to you before taking out a student loan.

New York State students may be eligible for a variety of State grant, scholarship and award programs to help pay for college. The chart below to learn more about each one, including eligibility requirements and application information. Click here for information about Federal grant programs.

New York State Grants, Scholarships and Awards Quick Reference
Grants
Tuition Assistance
Program (TAP)
The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), New York's largest grant program, helps 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 taxable income.
Part-time TAP Part-time TAP helps eligible New York residents attending in-state postsecondary institutions on a part-time basis pay for tuition.
NYS Aid for
Part Time Study
The Aid for Part Time Study (APTS) program provides grant assistance for eligible part-time students enrolled in approved undergraduate studies.
NYS Educational Opportunity ProgramThe Educational Opportunity Program provides assistance to NYS residents who are academically and financially disadvantaged, according to state guidelines. Learn more by visiting the Opportunity Program admissions office at your college of choice.
Scholarships
Flight 3407 Memorial ScholarshipsFlight 3407 Memorial Scholarships provide financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of individuals killed as a direct result of the crash of Continental Airlines Flight 3407 on February 12, 2009.
Flight 587 Memorial
Scholarships
The Flight 587 Memorial Scholarships guarantee access to a college education for the families and financial dependents of victims of the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 on November 12, 2001.
Military Enhanced Recognition Incentive and Tribute
(MERIT) Scholarship, also known as Military Service Recognition Scholarship (MSRS)
The Military Enhanced Recognition Incentive and Tribute (MERIT) Scholarships, also known as Military Service Recognition Scholarship (MSRS) provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of members of the armed forces of the United States or of a state organized militia who, at any time on or after Aug. 2, 1990, while a New York State resident, died or became severely and permanently disabled while engaged in hostilities or training for hostilities. For study in New York State.
NYS Leaders of Tomorrow ScholarshipThe New York Lottery is not currently awarding any new scholarships. Recipients of a prior LOT Scholarship will continue to receive any unpaid balance subject to the original requirements.
NYS Math & Science
Teaching Incentive Scholarship
The NYS Math & Science Teaching Incentive scholarship provides grants to eligible full-time undergraduate or graduate students in approved programs that lead to math or science teaching careers in secondary education.
NYS Memorial Scholarships
for Families of
Deceased Firefighters,
Volunteer Firefighters,
Police Officers,
Peace Officers, and
Emergency Medical Service Workers
The NYS Memorial Scholarship provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of deceased firefighters, volunteer firefighters, police officers, peace officers, and emergency medical service workers who have died as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty in service to the State of New York. For study in New York State.
NYS Scholarships 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. For up to five years of undergraduate study in New York State.
NYS World Trade Center
Memorial Scholarship
The NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship program guarantees access to a college education to the families and financial dependents of the victims who died or were severely and permanently disabled in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the resulting rescue and recovery efforts.
Senator Patricia K. McGee Nursing Faculty ScholarshipThe Senator Patricia K. McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarship program seeks to increase the number of educators and adjunct clinical faculty teaching nursing education in New York State.
NYS Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive ProgramAs announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo in his 2014 State of the State Address and enacted as part of the 2014-15 Executive Budget, New York State will provide awards for undergraduate study in approved STEM programs to students graduating in the top 10 percent of their high school senior class who attend a SUNY or CUNY college. STEM awards are equal to the SUNY resident tuition rate or actual tuition, whichever is less. The student must execute a service contract agreeing to reside and work in a designated STEM field in New York state for five years.

Additional information, including application details, will be on the HESC web site in May.
Awards
NYS Aid to Native AmericansThis program provides aid to enrolled members of tribes listed on the official roll of New York State tribes or to the child of an enrolled member of a New York State tribe. For study in New York State.
NYS Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled VeteransThe Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans is provided to students whose parent(s) have served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified periods of war or national emergency.
Segal AmeriCorps
Education Award
The AmeriCorps Education Award is provided to New York State residents interested in high quality opportunities in community service.
Veterans Tuition AwardsUnder this program, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, or other eligible combat veterans matriculated at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State are eligible for awards for full or part-time study.
Items of Additional Interest
Grants from CollegesColleges provide institutional grants to help make up the difference between college costs and what a family can be expected to contribute through income, savings, loans, and student earnings. Awards may be based on academic merit, artistic or athletic talent, financial need or other factors. You can learn more about the types of grants awarded by each college at their web sites.
Graduate and Professional StudentsThere are a variety of student financial aid programs available for graduate study in New York State. View the details here and check with the aid administrator at your graduate school for more information.