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Scholarships are based on academic merit or other performance. They do not require repayment or employment. A variety of academic and other merit scholarships are awarded individually by State University campuses. You will be automatically considered when you apply for financial aid. Many SUNY campuses use the information on the FAFSA as a factor in awarding scholarships.


Grants are awarded based on financial need and usually do not require employment or repayment.

Federal Pell Grants

Pell Grants are for very low-income students. For 2013-2014, the maximum Pell Grant is $5,645 per year.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

These grants, which supplement Pell Grants, are reserved for the neediest students. This program provides up to $4,000 in aid. The typical award at SUNY is approximately $1,000 per year.

New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

New York State residents planning to attend a State University of New York college should apply.

TAP awards are based on NY net taxable income and other factors. FAFSA applicants will be linked to the TAP-on-the-web application if:

  • You are a New York State resident who will enroll full-time, and
  • You included at least one New York State college on your FAFSA.

New York Aid For Part-Time Study (APTS)

To qualify for APTS, you must be an undergraduate New York State resident enrolled for at least three but less than 12 semester credits. You must be in good academic standing in a degree or certificate program.

Annual awards can range up to the maximum cost of part-time SUNY tuition. The college financial aid office determines the APTS award. Students seeking assistance for part-time study must complete a separate APTS application provided by the financial aid office.

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