NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Program

Scholarship for full-time undergraduate or graduate students in approved programs pursuing careers as math and science teachers in secondary education (grades 7-12)

  • Award covers cost of tuition, not to exceed the cost of tuition at a state-operated SUNY. 

  • Be a matriculated, undergraduate or graduate full-time student in program that leads to a career as a math or science teacher in secondary education

  • Live and work in New York State for five years and work as a math or science teacher in secondary education


For the 2024-2025 Academic Year

Be sure to complete your FAFSA and apply for TAP first.

Complete the FAFSAApply for TAP


Covers the cost of tuition, not to exceed tuition costs equal to tuition at a state-operated SUNY college

Amount determined by:

  • Awards are granted based on the availability of funds with priority given to prior recipients. If the number of applications exceed the available funds, new recipients will be selected based on a ranking of grade level and applicant GPA. 
  • Not available to recipients who are already receiving a NYS Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship.
  • The award covers the cost of tuition but cannot to exceed the cost of tuition at a state-operated SUNY college. 
  • The total of all aid received cannot exceed the student's cost of tuition.  If you receive other awards, your scholarship will be reduced by that amount. 
  • Award paid at end of academic year.


Must complete the FAFSA and TAP application or Dream Act application each year for payment.

Any award payment received may have tax implications. Please direct any questions to a tax professional, the Internal Revenue Service, or the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.

Undocumented and other immigrant students: Before submitting your application material, apply for eligibility under the NYS DREAM Act.

To receive the scholarship, you must meet the following residency requirements: 

  • You are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • You are a legal resident of New York State and have resided in New York State for 12 continuous months.

Not a citizen or eligible noncitizen? Learn more about the NYS DREAM Act application.

High School, GED, or Ability to Benefit

  • Graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED), or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test.

College & Program

Once in college, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • Full-time undergraduate and/or graduate student at an approved college in NYS.
  • Matriculated in an approved program that leads to a career as a math or science teacher in secondary education. 
  • Return recipients must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • May receive awards up to four years of full-time undergraduate study and one year of graduate study.

There are no income limits for this Scholarship. 

Financial Status

To receive the Scholarship, you must:

  • Not be a recipient of an NYS Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship.
  • Be in good standing (a non-default status) on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or on the repayment of any NYS award AND
  • Be in compliance with the terms of the service condition(s) imposed by any NYS award that you have previously received.


  • Recipients agree to teach full-time for five years, regardless of the number or amount of award payments received, in the field of math or science at a secondary school (grades 7-12) located in New York State.
  • Teaching must commence within two years of completion of the degree program and receipt of initial certification. 
  • If you fail to fulfill your service obligation as outlined in the Scholarship Contract, all awards payments made on your behalf will be converted to a 10-year student loan plus interest. Interest rate for the life of the loan shall be fixed and equal to that set annually by the U.S. Department of Education for Federal Direct Loan Program PLUS Parent Loans at the time the Service Contract is signed. 

For more detailed information, please review the NYS Math & Science Teaching Incentive Program Contract.


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