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Generally, grants are "free money" that do not have to be repaid. To help you apply for grants, we provide you with step by step instructions and important web links: Apply for Aid.
With the exception of the TEACH grant, the following grant programs are only available to matriculated, undergraduate students who are pursuing their first bachelor's degree. TEACH grants are also available to matriculated graduate students. Each grant also has program-specific eligibility criteria that are generally described below. Visit Student Aid on the Web for more information on federal aid programs and HESC for more information on NYS aid programs.
Changes in your enrollment status within a semester may affect your eligibility for these grants (ex. repeat coursework, less than full-time study, course drop, course withdrawal, and incomplete grades). In order to remain eligible for these grants, you must satisfy academic standards for financial aid at the end of each semester.
|Grants Available||Annual Range||Description|
|Federal Pell Grant||$287 - $5,645||Pell is currently awarded to undergraduate students with an EFC of 5081 or less. Award amounts are based upon a fixed federal schedule and your EFC. Award amounts for part-time students (3 - 11 credits) are prorated and allowed on a restricted basis. Roughly 2,100 students receive Pell each year. Visit Student Aid on the Web for more information.|
|NYS TAP Grant||$250 - $5,000||Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is awarded to undergraduate, NYS residents and is based upon NYS taxable income. It requires full-time enrollment of 12 credits or more. Roughly 2,800 students receive TAP each year. Visit HESC for more information.|
|SUNY Tuition Credit||$89.50 to $895||SUNY Tuition Credit is awarded to TAP recipients. Award amounts are based upon the amount of your TAP grant. Roughly 2,800 students receive a SUNY Tution Credit each year.|
|Federal SEOG Grant||$100||Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded to Pell-eligible students with a zero EFC. Roughly 1,000 students receive SEOG each year. Visit Student Aid on the Web for more information.|
|SUNY SUSTA Grant||$700||
State University Student Tuition Assistance (SUSTA) is awarded to first-year students who are accepted into the Educational Opportunity Program based upon an economic and academic disadvantaged status. Recipients will only receive this award for the two semesters of their first year. Roughly 50 students receive SUSTA each year.
|Other NYS Grants||Varies||Visit HESC for more information on NYS grants and scholarships. Other grants and scholarships include LOTTO, World Trade Center, and several military and memorial scholarships.|
|Federal TEACH Grant||$500 - $3,496||Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who intend to teach in a high-need field in public or private elementary or secondary schools that serve students from low-income families. While this program is labeled a grant, it will convert into a loan with back interest if the recipient does not meet a 4-year service obligation within 8 years of graduation. Eligible students have declared a TEACH eligible major, and scored at least 1170 on the SAT or have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (87.5 high school average for first semester college students). Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 in order to renew the grant from semester to semester. Award amounts for part-time students (under 12 credits) are prorated. Roughly 200 students receive TEACH each year. Visit Student Aid on the Web for more information.|
|NYS APTS Grant||$425 - $850||Students enrolled in three to eleven credits per semester in a degree program can apply for Aid for Part-time Studies (APTS). Applications are available on our Forms website and are due prior to the beginning of each semester. Award amounts depend on tuition charges, NYS taxable income, and academic records. Students enrolled in three to eleven credits per semester in a degree program can apply for Aid for Part-time Studies (APTS). Roughly 10 students receive APTS each year.|
|NYS EOP Grant||$525 - $775||Educational Opportunity (EOP) Grants are awarded to students who are accepted into the EOP program based upon an economic and academic disadvantaged status. Visit EOP for more information.|
|VESID||Varies||Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) provides an extensive array of services to individuals with disabilities that will enable them for employment. Students must have a documented diagnosed disability to be eligible for VESID benefits. For college students, VESID may provide support services such as tutors, note takers, and readers. For eligible students who also meet financial requirements, VESID may provide a grant that assists with tuition, fees, books, transportation and adaptive equipment. VESID has 15 district offices throughout the state. Visit VESID and contact your district office for more information.|
|Empire State Diversity Honor's Scholarship||Varies||This purpose of this is to attract and retain undergraduate students who have demonstrated high academic achievement and can demonstrate that they will contribute to the diversity of the student body. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.|
|Aid to Native Americans||Up to $2,000||Visit the NYS Native American Education for more information.|
For more information about Financial Aid at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Financial Aid Office
Location: Kehoe Administration Building, Suite 401-410
Phone: (518) 564-2072
Toll-Free Phone: (877) 768-5976
Our mailing address:Financial Aid Office