NYS Child Welfare Worker Incentive Scholarship Program

The NYS Child Welfare Worker Incentive Scholarship Program grants awards for child welfare workers employed at voluntary not-for-profit child welfare agencies licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Recipients must agree to live in NYS and work at a voluntary not-for-profit child welfare agency licensed by OCFS for 5 years after graduation, and can use the award to get an associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate degree.

NYS Child Welfare Worker Incentive Scholarship Program
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NYS Child Welfare Worker Incentive Scholarship Program FAQs

Do I need to currently be employed as a child welfare worker to receive the scholarship?
Yes. An applicant must have at least two years of experience and be currently employed as a child welfare worker at a voluntary not-for-profit child welfare agency in New York State licensed by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS).
Can I get an award if I’m currently attending college?
Yes. Current students who meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive an award.
Can I get the scholarship for both my undergraduate and graduate degree programs?
No. A recipient may receive an award for either an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or graduate degree.
Can I major in any program while in college?
No. An applicant must be pursuing a program of study that enhances his or her ability to work in a voluntary not-for-profit child welfare agency. A list of approved programs will soon be made available on the HESC website.
Can I receive an award if I’m going to school part-time?
Yes. Recipients may attend school on either a full-time or part-time basis.
Can I attend either a public or a private college in New York State?
Yes. A scholarship recipient may attend either a public or private college or university located in New York State.
How long can I get the award?
Students pursuing an associate’s degree are eligible to receive an award for up to two years. Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree are eligible to receive an award for up to four years for students. Students in an undergraduate program of study normally requiring five years are eligible to receive the award for five years. Students pursuing a master’s degree are eligible to receive the award for up to two years.
How much will I get under the award?
Full-time undergraduate students attending either a public or private college will receive awards equal to the average cost of attendance charged to NYS resident undergraduate students at the State University of New York ($23,045 for 2016-17) or actual cost of attendance, whichever is less. However, your award will be reduced by the amount of other financial aid awards that you receive. Awards for part-time students will be based on actual cost of attendance.

Full-time graduate students attending a public college will receive awards equal to the average cost of attendance charged to NYS resident graduate students at the State University of New York or the recipient’s actual cost of attendance, whichever is less. However, your award will be reduced by the amount of other financial aid awards that you receive. Awards for part-time students will be based on actual cost of attendance.

Full-time graduate students attending a private college will receive the average cost of attendance charged to NYS resident students at the State University of New York or the recipient’s actual cost of attendance, whichever is less, up to $20,000. However, your award will be reduced by the amount of other financial aid awards that you receive. Awards for part-time students will be based on actual cost of attendance.
Are there any other requirements that I must meet after I complete my degree?
Yes. You must work as a child welfare worker at a voluntary not-for-profit child welfare agency in New York State licensed by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) on a full-time basis for at least five continuous years after you receive your degree, and maintain residency in New York State during that period of time.

Failure to meet these requirements will result in the conversion of your award to a loan.
Will I be able to receive an award if I am going to school this fall?
Yes. The first awards will be made for the 2017-18 academic year.
What does it mean to be a “NYS resident” for purposes of receiving this award?
To be considered a NYS resident for purposes of receiving this award, you must have resided in the State for 12 continuous months prior to the term for which the award is being sought.
Yes. The first awards will be made for the 2017-18 academic year.
When will I be able to apply for the award?
It is anticipated that the NYS Child Welfare Worker Incentive Scholarship Program application will be available in August.