Grants are typically "free money" that do not have to be repaid. Each grant has program-specific criteria that are generally described below. Learn more about basic eligibility criteria for financial aid.
General information about grant programs follow. Contact the financial aid office to speak with an advisor about your eligibility for grant programs and guidance on applying.
|Grants Available||Annual Range||Description|
|Federal Pell Grant||$320 – $6,345||
Pell is currently awarded to undergraduate students with an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of 5711 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. Students may receive a maximum of 12 full-time (or full-time equivalent) semesters of Pell Grant awards. You can view your maximum Pell Grant lifetime eligibility used at the Federal Student Aid website (login required). Visit StudentAid.gov for more information.
|NYS TAP Grant||$250 – $5,165||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. Visit HESC for more information.|
|SUNY Tuition Credit||$120 – $2095||SUNY Tuition Credit is awarded to TAP recipients. Award amounts are based upon the amount of your TAP grant.|
|Federal SEOG Grant||$300||Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded to Pell-eligible students with a zero EFC. Visit Student Aid on the Web for more information.|
|Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant||$6,345||
This program may be available to students who: 1) are not eligible for the Pell Grant based on EFC but otherwise meets federal eligibility requirements; and 2) has a parent or guardian who was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept 11, 2001; and 3) were under 24 years old or attending college at least part-time at the time of the parent's or guardian's death. Visit StudentAid.gov to learn more.
|SUNY SUSTA Grant||$450||
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.
|Other NYS Grants||Varies||Visit HESC for more information on NYS grants and scholarships. Other grants and scholarships include Excelsior, Academic Excellence, Math and Science Teaching Incentive, NY-AIMS, STEM Incentive, World Trade Center, and several military and memorial scholarships.|
|Federal TEACH Grant||$470 – $3,764||Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) may be 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. Visit StudentAid.gov for more information.|
|NYS APTS Grant||$425 – $1000||Students enrolled in three to eleven credits per semester in a degree program can apply for Aid for Part-time Studies (APTS). Funding is limited and available on a first come-first serve basis. 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.|
|NYS EOP Grant||$550 – $1800||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.|
|ACCES-VR||Varies||ACCES-VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) 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 ACCES-VR benefits. For college students, ACCES-VR may provide support services such as tutors, note takers, and readers. For eligible students who also meet financial requirements, ACCES-VR may provide a grant that assists with tuition, fees, books, transportation and adaptive equipment. ACCES-VR has 15 district offices throughout the state.|
|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. Students who have already been awarded a scholarship by the college are automatically considered for this scholarship.|
|Aid to Native Americans||Up to $2,000||Visit the NYS Native American Education for more information.|