Enhanced Tuition Awards Program

The Enhanced Tuition Awards program provides tuition awards to students who are New York State residents attending a private college located in New York State. Recipients will receive $6,000 through a combination of their TAP award, ETA award and a match from their private college.

Eligibility

An applicant must:

  • be a resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the term;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • have either graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test, as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department;
  • have a combined federal adjusted gross income of $100,000 or less, as reported on their family’s 2015 tax return;
  • be pursuing an undergraduate degree at a participating private college or university located in New York State;
  • be enrolled in at least 12 credits per term and complete at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward his or her degree program;
  • if attended college prior to the 2017-18 academic year, have earned at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward his or her degree program prior to applying for an Enhanced Tuition Award;
  • be in a non-default status on any student loan(s) made under any NYS or federal education loan program or on the repayment of any NYS award;
  • be in 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;
  • be in compliance with the terms of the service condition(s) imposed by any NYS award(s) that you have previously received; and
  • execute a Contract agreeing to reside in NYS for the length of time the award was received, and, if employed during such time, be employed in NYS.

CATCH-UP YEAR

An applicant who first entered college as a freshman student in the 2015-16 academic year and earned 54 credits, or who first entered college as a freshman student in the 2016-17 academic year and earned 24 credits can make up those 6 credits in 2017-18. Students who successfully earn 36 credits in the 2017-18 academic year can apply to become eligible for an Enhanced Tuition Award beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

DURATION

A recipient of an Enhanced Tuition Award is eligible to receive award payments for not more than two years of full-time undergraduate study in a program leading to an Associate’s degree or four years of fulltime undergraduate study, or five years if the program of study normally requires five years, in a program leading to a Bachelor’s degree.

PAYMENT

To receive payments each subsequent year (after the initial application year), an Enhanced Tuition Awards recipient must annually complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the TAP-on-the-Web Application.

HOW TO APPLY

The deadline for the 2017 The Enhanced Tuition Awards Program has passed.

Frequently Asked Questions

View commonly asked questions pertaining to the Enhanced Tuition Awards program.

Questions?

Please contact the HESC Scholarship Unit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 888-697-4372 with questions about this Program.