NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (2024)

How to Apply

Application deadline - August 31st, 2023 at midnight.

Applicants who first enrolled in college prior to 2020 or earlier (2019 or earlier if in an approved five-year program or Opportunity Program) are not eligible to apply. Visit https://www.hesc.ny.gov/pay-for-college/financial-aid/types-of-financial-aid.html to explore other NYS opportunities.

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 $125,000 or less;
  • be pursuing an undergraduate degree at a SUNY or CUNY college, including community colleges and the statutory colleges at Cornell University and Alfred University;
  • 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 through continuous study with no break in enrollment except for certain reasons that can be documented;
  • if attended college prior to the 2023-24 academic year, have earned at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward his or her degree program prior to applying for an Excelsior Scholarship;
  • 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 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.

Click here if you do not meet the above eligibility requirements.

Award Amount*

The Excelsior Scholarship covers any remaining gap in tuition expenses, after other federal and state grants and scholarships are applied, up to $5,500.

To determine the award amount, the tuition rate* charged is first reduced by the total dollar amount awarded from other student financial aid awards for the academic year, including a NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award and/or federal Pell grant. The Excelsior Scholarship covers any remaining tuition expenses up to $5,500. In instances where tuition expenses exceed the total financial aid a recipient is awarded, a tuition credit will be applied to the remaining balance.

*Tuition rates are based on 2022-23 resident tuition rate charged by SUNY ($7,070) or CUNY ($6,930)

**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.

Catching Up on Credits

An applicant who is not on track to complete an Associate’s degree in two consecutive years or Bachelor’s degree in four consecutive years (which requires completion of the equivalent of 30 credits each academic year) can catch up on missing credits to become eligible to apply for an Excelsior Scholarship. If you successfully earn additional credits during a term or academic year and get back on track to completing your degree on time, you must reapply to be eligible to receive an Excelsior Scholarship for the remainder of your undergraduate degree program.

Opportunity Programs

If you are in an opportunity program, the Excelsior Scholarship program allows five years to complete your degree on time (which requires completion of the equivalent of 24 credits each academic year).

Five-Year Undergraduate Programs

If you are in an undergraduate program of study normally requiring five-years, the Excelsior Scholarship program allows five years to complete your degree on time (which requires completion of the equivalent of 30 credits each academic year).

Students with Disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

To be eligible for an Excelsior Scholarship, students with qualified disabilities under the Americans With Disabilities Act who attend less than full time must register with their college office for students with disabilities.

If you are a student with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Excelsior Scholarship program requires that you be continuously enrolled and complete the number of credits you attempted each semester to fulfill the requirement for on-time degree completion. If you have not earned credits for all courses attempted, you can catch up on missing credits if you successfully earn additional credits during a Summer and/or Winter session(s) and get back on track for credits that were not previously completed.

For more information, visit NYS Student Financial Aid Programs and Students with Disabilities.

Eligibility Review

Students whose current income or prior year adjusted gross income is $125,000 or below due to the disability, divorce or separation of a parent, spouse or the student or the death of a parent or spouse may request a review of their eligibility by completing the Income Eligibility Determination Formand uploading to https://www.hesc.ny.gov/ExcelsiorDetermination.

Recipients who do not meet the annual credit or continuous enrollment requirements due to one of the conditions indicated below may be able to retain their Excelsior Scholarship awards. If you meet any of the following conditions, please reach out to your school to have your eligibility reviewed. Please note that documentation will be required. Your school will notify HESC if it is determined that you are eligible to receive your award.

You may be eligible to retain your award under the following conditions:

  • You experience a death of an immediate family member
  • You are called to active military duty
  • You interrupt your studies to take care of your new-born child (parental leave)
  • Your medical or health care provider determines that your medical condition or mental health prevents you from beginning or continuing the term or from continuing a full-time course load.
  • You interrupt your studies to care for an immediate family member, whose medical or heath care provider has determined to need additional support or care, which impacts your ability to begin or continue the term or from continuing a full-time course load.

Please be aware that other circumstances other than those indicated above may not allow you to retain your award under State laws and regulations.

Duration

A recipient of an Excelsior Scholarship 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 full-time undergraduate study, or five years if the program of study normally requires five years, in a program leading to a bachelor's degree.

Payment

Recipients must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the NYS Student Aid Payment Application every year in order to receive award payments.

Frequently Asked Questions

View commonly asked questions pertaining to the Excelsior Scholarship.

Questions?

Please contact the Scholarship Unit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Students newly applying for NYS financial aid under the provisions of the DREAM Act must first apply for eligibility under the NYS DREAM Act before applying for the Excelsior Scholarship. If you have previously qualified under the NYS DREAM Act, you will simply need to update any prior year information that may have changed to apply for the Excelsior Scholarship.

Eligibility

You may be eligible if:

  1. Your permanent home is in NYS and you are or have ONE of the following:
    1. U-Visa
    2. T-Visa
    3. Temporary protected status, pursuant to the Federal Immigration Act of 1990
    4. Without lawful immigration status (including those with DACA status)
    5. AND you meet ONE of the following criteria:
      1. You attended a NYS high school for 2 or more years, graduated from a NYS high school, and enroll or enrolled for undergraduate study at a NYS college within 5 years of receiving your NYS high school diploma OR
      2. You received a NYS high school equivalency diploma, and enroll or enrolled for undergraduate study at a NYS college within 5 years of receiving your NYS high school equivalency diploma OR
      3. You are or will be charged the NYS resident in-state tuition rate at a SUNY or CUNY college for a reason other than residency.
  2. Your permanent home is outside of NYS and you are or have ONE of the following:
    1. U.S. citizen
    2. Permanent lawful resident
    3. Of a class of refugees paroled by the attorney general under his or her parole authority pertaining to the admission of aliens to the U.S.
    4. U-Visa
    5. T-Visa
    6. Temporary protected status, pursuant to the Federal Immigration Act of 1990
    7. Without lawful immigration status (including those with DACA status)
    8. AND you meet ONE of the following criteria:
      1. You attended a NYS high school for 2 or more years, graduated from a NYS high school, and enroll or enrolled for undergraduate study at a NYS college within five years of receiving your NYS high school diploma OR
      2. You received a NYS high school equivalency diploma,and enroll or enrolled for undergraduate study at a NYS college within five years of receiving your NYS high school equivalency diploma OR
      3. You are or will be charged the NYS resident in-state tuition rate at a SUNY or CUNY college for a reason other than residency.
  3. You have either a household or combined federal adjusted gross income of $125,000 or less;
  4. You are pursuing an undergraduate degree at a two-year or four-year SUNY or CUNY college, including the statutory colleges at Cornell University and Alfred University;
  5. You are enrolled in at least 12 credits per term and complete at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward your degree program through continuous study with no break in enrollment except for certain reasons that can be documented;
  6. If attended college prior to the 2019-20 academic year, you have earned at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward your degree program prior to applying for an Excelsior Scholarship;
  7. You are 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;
  8. You are in compliance with the terms of the service condition(s) imposed by a NYS award that you have previously received; and
  9. You 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.

Note: A student seeking New York State financial aid, including TAP, for the first time, must pass a federally approved ATB test identified by the Board of Regents if the student does not possess a U.S. high school diploma or its recognized equivalent.

Catching Up on Credits

A student who is not on track to complete an Associate’s degree in two consecutive years or Bachelor’s degree in four consecutive years (which requires completion of the equivalent of 30 credits each academic year) can catch up on missing credits to become eligible for an Excelsior Scholarship. If you successfully earn additional credits during a term or academic year and get back on track to completing your degree on time, you will be eligible to receive an Excelsior Scholarship for the remainder of your undergraduate degree program.

Opportunity Programs

If you are in an opportunity program, the Excelsior Scholarship program allows five years to complete your degree on time (which requires completion of the equivalent of 24 credits each academic year).

Five-Year Undergraduate Programs

If you are in an undergraduate program of study normally requiring five-years, the Excelsior Scholarship program allows five years to complete your degree on time (which requires completion of the equivalent of 30 credits each academic year).

Students with Disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

To be eligible for an Excelsior Scholarship, students with qualified disabilities under the Americans With Disabilities Act who attend less than full time must register with their college officefor students with disabilities.

If you are a student with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Excelsior Scholarship program requires that you be continuously enrolled and complete the number of credits you attempted each semester to fulfill the requirement for on-time degree completion. If you have not earned credits for all courses attempted, you can catch up on missing credits if you successfully earn additional credits during a Summer and/or Winter session(s) and get back on track for credits that were not previously completed.

Students with disabilities determined to be ineligible who can demonstrate good cause for completing fewer credits than attempted and/or a break in attendance may appeal the decision by completing the Excelsior Scholarship Program Appeal Formand emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, visit NYS Student Financial Aid Programs and Students with Disabilities.

Eligibility Review

Students whosecurrent income or prior year adjustedgross incomeis $125,000 or belowdue to the disability, divorce or separation of a parent, spouse or the student or the death ofa parent or spousemay appeal their disqualification by completing the Income Appeal Formand emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Recipients who do not meet the annual credit or continuous enrollment requirements due to one of the conditions indicated below may be able to retain their Excelsior Scholarship awards. If you meet any of the following conditions , please reach out to your school to have your eligibility reviewed. Please note that documentation will be required. Your school will notify HESC if it is determined that you are eligible to receive your award.

You may be eligible to retain your award under the following conditions:

  • You experience a death of an immediate family member
  • You are called to active military duty
  • You interrupt your studies to take care of your new-born child (parental leave)
  • Your medical or health care provider determines that your medical condition or mental health prevents you from beginning or continuing the term or from continuing a full-time course load.
  • You interrupt your studies to care for an immediate family member, whose medical or heath care provider has determined to need additional support or care, which impacts your ability to begin or continue the term or from continuing a full-time course load.

Please be aware that other circumstances other than those indicated above may not allow you to retain your award under State laws and regulations.

Award Amount*

A recipient of an Excelsior Scholarship may receive up to $5,500.

To determine the award amount, the 2016-17 resident tuition rate charged by SUNY ($6,470) or CUNY ($6,330) will be reduced by the amount of certain other student financial aid awards which an applicant has or will receive for the academic year, including a NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award and/or federal Pell grant. The Excelsior Scholarship will cover any remaining tuition liability up to $5,500; and a tuition credit will cover any remaining tuition expenses not covered by the Excelsior Scholarship.

*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.

Duration

A recipient of an Excelsior Scholarship 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 full-time undergraduate studyin a program leading to a Bachelor's defree, or five years if the program of study normally requires five years.

Payment

To receive award payments after the initial application year, an Excelsior Scholarship recipient who qualifies under the DREAM Act must annually complete a payment application. Recipients under the DREAM Act who are eligible for federal student aid must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

Monitoring the Status of Your Application

Once you have submitted an application, it is your responsibility to monitor the status of your application and to make sure your application is complete. You will be able to monitor the status of your application online after submitting your application and uploading any required documentation.

Award Notification and Acceptance

You will be notified by email when a determination has been made regarding your eligibility for each award for which you have applied. If you are determined to be eligible for an award, your next step will be to accept the award!

To receive an Excelsior Scholarship, you must sign a contract agreeing to live and/or work in New York State for a required number of years after graduation as a condition of receiving the award. If you decide not to accept an award with a post-graduation requirement, please indicate this on the contract.

Frequently Asked Questions

View commonly asked questions pertaining to the Excelsior Scholarship.

Term Definitions

  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS): allows foreign nationals to remain in the U.S. if during the time they were in the U.S. something catastrophic happened in their country of origin preventing their safe return – for example war, famine, natural disaster, or epidemic. TPS allows people to work legally and be protected from deportation.
  • T-Visa: allows the granting of lawful status to noncitizen victims of human trafficking, as well as their immediate family members, who assist in the prosecution of the trafficking. It allows people to remain and work temporarily in the U.S.
  • U-Visa: allows for the granting of lawful status to noncitizen crime victims who suffered significant physical or mental abuse (and their immediate family members) who assist in the prosecution of the crime. It allows people to remain and work temporarily in the U.S.
  • Without Lawful Immigration Status: living in the U.S. unlawfully either because lawful status never existed (including those with DACA status) or has ended.
NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (2024)

FAQs

What is the another name for HESC? ›

The Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) is New York State's higher education student financial aid agency.

How do I contact NYS Higher Education Services? ›

Contact Us

To speak with a member of the Regulatory Compliance staff, call toll free 1-866-431-HESC 866-431-4372 or 518-473-3986.

What is the income limit for tap in NY? ›

Families with New York State Net Taxable Income (gross income less deductions and allowances for exemptions) of $80,000 or less qualify to receive a TAP grant. TAP awards range from $500 to $5165 a year.

What is New York Higher Education Loan Program? ›

NYHELPs loan would help pay for remaining costs of attendance, as certified by the. college; ▪ be enrolled at least half time and making satisfactory academic progress in a degree, professional licensure, or certificate program; ▪ have an eligible co-signer who is a New York State resident.

What did fafsa used to be called? ›

The 1992 HEA reauthorization created the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which replaced the Common Financial Aid Form of 1986. The FAFSA became the only federal form for students to apply for federal financial aid.

How do I file a complaint with the NYS Department of Education? ›

  1. File a complaint electronically using the OEO complaint form.
  2. Call 718-935-3320.
  3. Mail a complaint to or Visit the OEO office at 65 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

What is the phone number for HESC Excelsior? ›

Need Help? For questions on the Excelsior Scholarship process call, 1-866-431-4372 and select option 3 or email ExcelsiorAnswerCenter@hesc.ny.gov. The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free.

How to contact New York State Education Department Office of the Professions? ›

For an E-mail Response: Contact Us. Phone: 518-474-3817, Press 1 then ext. 410. Fax: 518-474-3004. Write: Office of the Professions, Registration Unit, State Education Building - 2nd Floor, Albany, NY 12234.

Is tap different from FAFSA? ›

FAFSA stands for the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid.” TAP is the New York State Tuition Assistance Program. TAP provides students up to $5,665 per year to cover the cost of attendance at SUNY, CUNY, and not-for-profit independent degree-granting colleges in New York.

What is the maximum parent income to qualify for FAFSA? ›

There are no income limits to apply, and many state and private colleges use the FAFSA to determine your financial aid eligibility. To qualify for aid, however, you'll also need to submit a FAFSA every year you're in school.

Why did my Pell Grant get taken away? ›

Students may lose Pell Grant eligibility if they withdraw from courses, do not maintain enrollment status or fail to continue making academic progress, which can include GPA requirements set by individual institutions.

Who is eligible for NYS tap? ›

study at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State; be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing with at least a "C" average as of the 4th semester payment.

Do you have to pay back NYS tap? ›

TAP is a grant – it doesn't have to be paid back. New York State students attending college in New York State – including high school seniors who plan to attend college the following fall – should apply for TAP. TAP is available for eligible college students studying full- or part-time.

How much does NYS tap give the student? ›

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Depending on the academic year in which you begin study, an annual TAP award can be up to $5,665. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.

Are student loans forgiven in NYS? ›

If the borrower makes 20 years of qualifying monthly payments, any outstanding loan balance will be forgiven, but the borrower may have to pay income tax on any forgiven amount.

How long does tap take to process? ›

All new Tap accounts need to undergo an approval process. In most cases, this process wouldn't take longer than 24 hours. In some cases, the account approval process could take longer or we may need some more information in which case we will reach out to you on the registered email ID or phone number.

Do I get student loan forgiveness? ›

Who qualifies for student loan forgiveness? To be eligible for forgiveness, you must have federal student loans and earn less than $125,000 annually (or $250,000 per household). Borrowers who meet that criteria can get up to $10,000 in debt cancellation.

How much is the Pell Grant for 2023? ›

The maximum Federal Pell Grant for 2023–24 (July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024) will be $7,395. The amount an individual student may receive depends on a number of factors.

What changes for FAFSA 2023 2024? ›

Changes to the FAFSA Form

Due to changes in student eligibility for Title IV funding, the 2023-24 FAFSA form no longer contains selective service or drug conviction questions. In addition, students will no longer register for selective service through the FAFSA process.

Is FAFSA a loan or free money? ›

The money you get through the financial aid process and filling out the FAFSA is the same as any other college financial aid process you've heard about before. This debt can be forgiven in certain circumstances but it is pretty rare.

Who is in charge of the NYS Education Department? ›

Betty A. Rosa is the Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York (USNY). In this role, she oversees the work of more than 700 school districts with 3.2 million students; 7,000 libraries; 900 museums; and more than 50 professions encompassing nearly 900,000 licensees.

How do I write a complaint letter to the Department of Education? ›

Each letter you write should include the following basic information:
  1. Put the date on your letter.
  2. Give your child's full name and the name of your child's main teacher or current class placement.
  3. Say what you want, rather than what you don't want. ...
  4. Give your address and a daytime phone number where you can be reached.

Can you sue the NYC Board of Education? ›

The process of suing the New York City Department of Education is complicated, so you need an attorney with a successful track record. After reviewing your claim and the nature of the injury, we will discuss your options. Because we work on a contingency basis, there is never a fee unless you receive compensation.

Why am I ineligible for Excelsior Scholarship? ›

How do I maintain my eligibility? You will continue to receive the Excelsior Scholarship provided that you enroll full-time and successfully complete thirty (30) credits toward your degree in an academic year. Students who do not successfully complete thirty (30) credits per year can lose the scholarship.

How do I lose the Excelsior Scholarship? ›

Once I receive the scholarship, is it possible to lose it? You can lose the scholarship if you do not continue to meet all eligibility requirements. For example, you must enroll in at least 12 credits per term and complete 30 credits per year to continue to receive the scholarship.

Is Excelsior federal student aid? ›

Excelsior Scholarship Program. The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free. The program covers tuition for eligible SUNY and CUNY students.

Where is the New York State Education Department? ›

The Education Building is part of the government center in downtown Albany that includes the Empire State Plaza, the State Capitol, the Education Building and Annex, and the Alfred E. Smith State Office Building. The main entrance to the Education Building is at 89 Washington Avenue.

How do I contact the Department of State of New York? ›

1-800-566-7636.

How do I contact the US Education Department? ›

You can call to ask an education question at 1-800-872-5327 or file a complaint with one of our offices.

Is tap only for SUNY schools? ›

This program is available to CUNY, SUNY and Not-for-Profit independent degree granting college students who meet the specified requirements. To apply you must complete a FAFSA and a TAP application. To receive Part-Time TAP you must meet the following requirements: Be a New York State resident.

Does FAFSA need to be processed before tap? ›

Didn't Apply for TAP through the FAFSA? You Can Still Apply. If you exited the FAFSA before completing the TAP application – and you filled in your New York State address and a New York State college on the FAFSA – HESC will automatically receive your information in about three days.

Is FAFSA money the same as Pell Grant? ›

Schools use the information on the FAFSA® form to determine your eligibility for a Pell Grant, and if so, how much you're eligible to receive. You will have to fill out the FAFSA form every year you're in school in order to stay eligible for federal student aid, including Pell Grant awards.

Will I get financial aid if my parents make over 100k? ›

Can you get financial aid if your parents make $100,000 or more? Yes, there is no set limit to how much your parents can make as the expected family contribution is calculated based on more information than just income.

What disqualifies you from FAFSA? ›

Incarceration, misdemeanors, arrests, and more serious crimes can all affect a student's aid. Smaller offenses won't necessarily cut off a student from all aid, but it will limit the programs they qualify for as well as the amount of aid they could receive. Larger offenses can disqualify a student entirely.

Will I get financial aid if my parents make over 200k? ›

The good news is that the Department of Education doesn't have an official income cutoff to qualify for federal financial aid. So, even if you think your parents' income is too high, it's still worth applying (plus, it's free to apply).

Can you keep extra FAFSA money? ›

Any money left over is paid to you directly for other education expenses. If you get your loan money, but then you realize that you don't need the money after all, you may cancel all or part of your loan within 120 days of receiving it and no interest or fees will be charged.

What 4 things affect the amount of money you receive from your Pell Grant? ›

The amount granted depends on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), cost of attendance, your status as a full-time or part-time student, and your plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. Learn more about how PELL Grant amounts are determined. Visit our Pell Grants page for more information.

Do I get to keep my leftover Pell Grant money? ›

Usually, a school will use the Pell funds to credit the student's account for any unpaid charges for tuition and fees (and room and board, if provided by the school), and then will pay the remaining Pell funds (if any) to the student for remaining living expenses.

How long do you have to live in NY to get tap? ›

To be a NYS resident for purposes of receiving this award, applicants who consider NYS their permanent home and who are either a U.S. citizen, qualified paroled refugee, or permanent resident alien must have resided in New York State for 12 continuous months prior to the term for which the award is being sought.

Is tap only for NY residents? ›

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State.

Is Excelsior same as tap? ›

TAP ELIGIBILITY

You do not have to receive a TAP award to be eligible to receive an Excelsior Scholarship. However, a student who does receive a TAP award will have their Excelsior Scholarship reduced by the amount of their TAP award.

Is NYS tap first come first serve? ›

Due to funding limitations and the number of qualified applicants, coverage is limited to 3 to 11 credits. Students are selected on a first come first serve basis.

What happens with leftover tap money? ›

If you have an overage, your school will likely refund this money to you. You need to find out your school's refund policy in terms of when you will receive that money. Yes, you can use it for books. You can use it for personal expenses as well.

How is tap different from FAFSA? ›

FAFSA stands for the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid.” TAP is the New York State Tuition Assistance Program. TAP provides students up to $5,665 per year to cover the cost of attendance at SUNY, CUNY, and not-for-profit independent degree-granting colleges in New York.

What is the highest tap award? ›

TAP Award Amounts

TAP awards range from $500 to $5,665 per year. The award amount is determined by: Academic year in which first payment of TAP or any state award is received.

How long does it take for tap to send funds to your school? ›

If you don't see your question, please contact the Office of Financial Aid. When will my TAP aid be disbursed? Your TAP award is officially disbursed two to three weeks after the add/drop period ends, to allow for verification of full-time enrollment.

Do Pell grants have another name? ›

Congress established the Basic Educational Opportunity Grant Program in the 1972 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, the grants was renamed the Pell Grant program in 1980 after its champion, Senator Claiborne Pell (D-RI).

Is Excelsior Scholarship same as tap? ›

You do not have to receive a TAP award to be eligible to receive an Excelsior Scholarship. However, a student who does receive a TAP award will have their Excelsior Scholarship reduced by the amount of their TAP award.

What are US Title IV accredited higher education institutions? ›

But what is a Title IV school? A school designated as Title IV is a higher education institution that processes U.S. federal student aid. These schools can be public, private nonprofit and proprietary, and are guided by the rules and criteria set by the Higher Education Act (HEA).

What is the New York State apts award? ›

This New York State grant program provides aid amounts up to $2,000 per year ($1,000 per semester) for eligible part-time students enrolled in at least three (3) but fewer than twelve (12) credit hours per semester. An APTS award cannot exceed tuition charges.

What is the difference between university grant and Pell Grant? ›

Pell Grants are federal grants and Cal Grants are state grants. Both are for students with financial need. Some Cal Grants have a minimum GPA requirement while federal Pell Grants do not.

Do you have to pay back Pell Grant if you fail? ›

Pell Grants also require satisfactory academic progress, and your school sets that standard. If you fail a class, then you may lose your grant or need to pay it back.

What are the cons of the Excelsior Scholarship? ›

What Does the Excelsior Scholarship Program NOT Cover?
  • The program does not cover room and board for residential students. ...
  • Books are not covered. ...
  • Miscellaneous fees are not covered, and these are often in the $3,000 range at residential SUNY colleges and universities.
Feb 20, 2020

What is the income limit for the Excelsior Scholarship? ›

The program covers tuition for eligible SUNY and CUNY students. For the 2023-24 academic year, families who earned $125,000 or less in the tax year 2021 are eligible to apply. Excelsior Scholarship - What to know!

How do you qualify for free tuition in New York? ›

Program Requirements
  1. Continue to live in NY State.
  2. Earn passing grades.
  3. Complete a total of 30 credits each year.
  4. Stay on track to graduate within 2 or 4 years, depending on the degree.
  5. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application each year.

Are Title IV funds a loan? ›

Title IV funds include:

Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loans.

Should I authorize Title IV funds? ›

What if I don't grant the authorizations? If a student does not grant authorization, federal financial aid and loans cannot be used to pay for charges other than tuition, fees, University housing, and meal plans and any excess aid will be refunded to the student.

What is the difference between Title IV and Title VI? ›

The sections of the Act relating to education are Title IV, which authorizes the Attorney General to address certain equal protection violations based on race, color, national origin, sex, and religion in public schools and institutions of higher education; Title VI, prohibiting discrimination by recipients of federal ...

How much does public assistance pay for rent in NYS? ›

How does the program work? Under the HRA HOME TBRA program, households will generally pay 30% of adjusted income toward rent for an approved apartment and the HOME TBRA subsidy covers the rest. “Adjusted income” means a household's income after deductions that are allowed under the program.

How to get a New York housing voucher? ›

Public Housing and Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8)

To apply for either type of help, visit your local Public Housing Agency (PHA). Some PHAs have long waiting lists, so you may want to apply at more than one PHA. Your PHA can also give you a list of locations at which your voucher can be used.

What is NYS affordable housing Program? ›

The New York State Affordable Housing Corporation (AHC) creates homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income families by providing grants to governmental, not-for-profit and charitable organizations to help subsidize the cost of newly constructed houses and the renovation of existing housing.

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