NYS Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program

The Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program provides students who (a) have achieved academic excellence in their undergraduate studies, (b) are pursuing a master’s degree program in education, and (c) agree to teach for five years in a classroom at a NYS public elementary or secondary school with a full tuition scholarship to a State University of New York (SUNY) or City University of New York (CUNY) college or university.


An applicant must:

  • be a legal resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • have received an undergraduate degree from a college/university located in NYS and have been a NYS resident while earning this degree;
  • have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher upon completion of his or her undergraduate study;
  • be matriculated in an approved master’s degree in education program at a SUNY or CUNY college or university which leads to a career as a public elementary or secondary education teacher;
  • be enrolled in such program on a full-time basis;
  • not be in default on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or repayment of any NYS award;
  • be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a NYS award; and
  • execute a Service Contract agreeing to teach for five years in a classroom at a public elementary or secondary school, including charter schools, located in NYS.

Award Amount

A recipient will receive an annual award equal to the annual full-time tuition charged to NYS resident students attending a graduate program at SUNY or CUNY. The maximum annual award for the 2016-17 academic year is $10,870 or actual tuition, whichever is less.

Awards will be reduced by the amount of any other tuition-only assistance award received. Awards will be made under this program based on available funding. A recipient of an award under this program is not eligible for an award under the New York State Math and Science Teaching Incentive Program.

Note: Any award payment received may have tax implications. Any questions regarding this should be directed to a tax professional, the Internal Revenue Service, or the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.

Recipient Selection

Up to 500 awards will be granted to new recipients annually. For the 2016-17 academic year, recipients will be chosen by rank based on the applicant’s cumulative grade point average earned for his/her undergraduate degree. Thereafter, first priority will be given to prior recipients, with second priority given to new applicants. If there are more applicants than available funding, awards will be made by lottery.


A recipient is entitled to a maximum of four semester payments, or its equivalent, for full-time graduate study leading to certification as an elementary or secondary classroom teacher.

How to Apply

The deadline for the 2016 NYS Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program has passed.

The application for the 2017 series will be available in May, 2017.

How to Request Payment

Award recipients do not have to submit another NYS Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program Application. To receive payment, recipients must complete the Payment of State Grants, Scholarships and Awards Application each year. Awards will be paid directly to the schools on behalf of students upon the successful completion of each term.


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