NYS HESC 2021-22 SFY ENACTED BUDGET DETAILS

Dear Colleagues:

Please see the following information outlining the higher education changes presented in the FY2022 Enacted State Budget.

  1. Part F (HOLD HARMLESS) authorizes payment of awards for students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019-20, 2020-21 or any term in which the Governor's Executive Order (EO 202, established March 7,2020), declaring a State disaster emergency for the entire State, remains in effect, and a recipient is unable to complete, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic state disaster emergency declared March 7, 2020.

    Remediation: The term will not be considered for purposes of determining the recipient's maximum duration, and no recipient will suffer a reduction in their original award amount solely due to complete the term as a result of the pandemic.

    Note: Student must be eligible for financial aid at the time of the 100% liability, certified by the college/university and approved by HESC. Schools should utilize the COVID flag for students receiving NYS financial aid who meet the established criteria.

  2. Part G (Excelsior Scholarship, §669-H). The undergraduate tuition charged by the institution to Excelsior recipients shall not exceed the academic year 2016-17 tuition rate through the 2023-24 academic year (formerly 2021-22) and can be reset to the tuition rate established for subsequent AY year every year thereafter (previously every 4 years thereafter).

  3. Section 689-a TAP tuition credit for SUNY/CUNY

    A tuition credit will be calculated for every TAP recipient enrolled at SUNY or CUNY where the annual resident undergraduate tuition exceeds the maximum TAP award for the specific award schedule.
    1. The new tuition credit calculation will be: (Annual undergraduate tuition rate - the applicable schedule maximum TAP award) x (the recipient's annual TAP award ÷ the applicable schedule maximum TAP award)
  4. 667(3)(a) Beginning AY2021-22 and thereafter, awards to dependent students, foster youth, orphans, wards of the court, single (independent) with dependent children, and married (independent) with dependent children:

    1. If enrolled at a public 2-year or 4-year degree-granting institution or 4-year registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) degree-granting institution: the maximum award is $5,665 regardless of when student first received financial aid (i.e., one schedule).
    1. If enrolled at a private 2-year degree granting institution (for profit or not-for profit), except for students pursuing nursing: the maximum award is $4,500 regardless of when recipient first received financial aid (i.e., one schedule).

    Beginning AY2021-22 and thereafter, single (independent) students without children, or married without children, enrolled at any institution type: The maximum award is $3,525.

    667(3) b. Amount. Awards to students enrolled at two-year registered private business schools (except for Community Colleges, or registered not-for-profit business schools qualified for tax exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code for federal income tax purposes) in the following amounts:

    (i) For each year of study, assistance shall be provided as computed on the basis of the amount which is the lesser of the following:

      a. $1,300 (previously $800) or $1,140 (previously $640) for single students without children or married student.

    The schedules have been consolidated and details can be viewed at https://www.hesc.ny.gov/partner-access/financial-aid-professionals/programs-policies-and-procedures-guide-to-grants-and-scholarship-programs/appendix-a-tap-award-schedules. Please note that these are the only award schedules to be used for 2021-22 and forward.

    Schedule B: For students who are dependent on their parents, or who qualify as an orphan, foster child or ward of the court, or who are financially independent and are married and have tax dependents, or who are financially independent, are single and have tax dependents

    Schedule N: For students who are independent and are married with no tax dependents

    Schedule J: For students who are independent and single without dependents

    Schedule I: Non-Degree Institutions and For-Profit Registered Business Schools. For students who are independent and married without dependents

    Schedule O: At Non-Degree Institutions and For-Profit Registered Business Schools. For students who are independent and single without dependents

    Thank you for your continued partnership.

    Regards,
    The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation