Financial Aid Programs for Graduate Study in New York State

For most of the graduate student financial aid programs administered by the Federal or State Government, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) first so that financial need is established.

Check with admissions and financial aid office at your school to make sure you are meeting all admissions and financial aid deadlines.

Financial aid is available from other sources too, such as the college you are attending, corporations, unions, professional associations, community organizations, and private lenders. Visit your college, public libraries and these websites to learn more.

Graduate financial aid programs include:

Federal Programs for Graduate Study In New York State
Name of
Financial Aid
Program
Maximum Annual AmountMaximum Total AmountProgram of StudyApplicationBasis for Eligibility
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans ¹$20,500
(less sub loan amount awarded)
$138,500
(combined undergrad. and grad. sub. and unsub. loans)
AllFAFSA and complete MPN and Entrance Counseling at studentloans.govGeneral eligibility
Federal Grad/Professional PLUS LoansCost of AttendanceVariesAllFAFSA and complete PLUS MPN and Entrance Counceling at studentloans.govGeneral eligibility and credit worthy
Federal Perkins Loans$8,000$60,000 (combined grad. and undergrad. loans)AllFAFSA and visit campus financial aid officeGeneral eligibility and financial need
Federal Work StudyVariesVariesAllFAFSA and visit campus financial aid officeGeneral eligibility and financial need
Health
Professions
Student Loans (HPSL)
 
VariesVariesDentistry, Optometry, Pharmacy, Podiatric Medicine and Veterinary MedicineFAFSA and additional application at campus financial aid officeGeneral eligibility and financial need
Nursing Student Loans(NSL) 

Varies

VariesNursingFAFSA and additional application at campus financial aid officeGeneral eligibility and financial need
Primary Care Loans ²VariesVariesAllopathic or Osteopathic MedicineFAFSA and additional application at campus financial aid officeGeneral eligibility and financial need

¹ For students in certain health professions programs, there is additional unsubsidized eligibility. Contact your financial aid office.
² You must agree to enter and complete residency training in primary care within four years after graduation, and practice in primary health care until the loans are paid off.

NY State Programs for Graduate Study
Name of Financial Aid ProgramMaximum Annual AwardDurationProgram of StudyApplicationBasis of Eligibility
Veterans Tuition AwardEqual to the annual tuition charged to NYS resident students attending an undergraduate program at the State University of New York, or actual tuition charged, whichever is lessUp to the equivalent of 6 semesters of studyAllFAFSA, TAP, & Veterans Tuition Award Supplement ApplicationGeneral eligibility
and be an eligible
veteran who is
a NYS resident.
Senator Patricia K. McGee Nursing Faculty ScholarshipsUp to $20,000 annually or the average SUNY cost of attendance, whichever is lessUp to three academic years of graduate studyMaster’s degree program in nursing, or doctoral degree program that qualifies for nursing faculty or adjunct clinical facultyFASFA, TAP and Senator Patricia K. McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarships Supplement ApplicationGeneral eligibility and be a registered nurse professionally licensed in NYS and enrolled in an accredited school in NYS; must agree to execute service contract
New York State (NYS) Math & Science Teaching Incentive ScholarshipsEqual to the annual tuition charged to NYS resident students attending an undergraduate program at the State University of New York, or actual tuition charged, whichever is lessUp to four academic years of full-time undergraduate study and one academic year of full-time graduate studyApproved program leading to permanent certification as a secondary education teacher in mathematics or scienceFASFA, TAP and NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Scholarship Program Supplement ApplicationGeneral eligibility and be matriculated in an approved undergraduate or graduate program at a degree-granting institution in NYS leading to a career as a secondary education math or science teacher; must agree to execute service contract

 

State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY)
Financial Aid Programs for Graduate Study
Name of Financial Aid ProgramMaximum Annual AwardDurationProgram of StudyApplicationBasis of Eligibility
SUNY Graduate Diversity FellowshipVariesVariesSUNY Graduate ProgramsVisit SUNY Campus Office of Graduate AdmissionsDemonstration of contribution to the diversity of the student body, including having overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to higher education
SUNY Graduate Opportunity ProgramTuition and costsVariesSUNY Graduate ProgramsConsult with undergraduate EOP/HEOP Director and SUNY Campus Office of Graduate AdmissionsNYS resident and an EOP, HEOP, and/or SEEK program graduate
CUNY Five-year Graduate Center Fellowship$26,128 annual stipend and in-state tuition (up to 16 credits per semester5 yearsCUNY Graduate ProgramsVisit CUNY Doctoral ProgramGeneral eligibility and academic merit
CUNY Science Scholarships$25,000 annual stipend and in-state tuition (Up to 16 credits per semester5 yearsBiochemistry, Biology, Chemistry and PhysicsVisit CUNY Doctoral ProgramGeneral eligibility and academic merit
 

Other Aid - Assistantships and Fellowships

You may wish to work for the college or university, earning a stipend from an Assistantship or Fellowship. Assistantships and Fellowships are granted by the department of your field of study at your college or university and usually pay a stipend to help cover the costs of tuition. Stipends vary widely, depending on the funding available to the department. Once you decide on your field of study, review your college and academic department information and find a faculty member who may wish to hire you as an assistant:
  • Teaching Assistant (TA): An academic appointment in support of teaching a course. The assignment is usually in the student’s major field or a closely related one.
  • Graduate Assistant (GA): An appointment to support the student’s department.
  • Research Assistant (RA): An academic appointment for research that is not directly thesis-related.
  • Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA): An academic appointment focused on thesis or other degree-related research, often required of many degree candidates.
  • Fellow: An arrangement in which financial support is given to a graduate student to pursue a degree without any obligation on the part of the student to engage in teaching and/or research. Generally, fellowships are merit-based awards and are contingent on the student maintaining satisfactory academic progress as defined by the graduate school.

Taxes and Tax Credits

Stipends may be considered as income and may be subject to federal and/or state income taxes. Consult your college bursar’s office, the IRS or a tax consultant for details.

As a graduate student, you may be eligible for the federal Lifetime Learning Tax Credit, which would allow you to subtract up to $2,000 annually from your tax bill.