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New York State Aid Programs

Students Completing FormsThe New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) offers for a wide variety of grants, scholarships, student loans and parent loans for part-time and full-time college study. HESC also administers the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), the nation's largest state grant program. Grants and scholarships are types of aid that do not need to be repaid. Although students apply for financial aid directly to HESC, the funds are taken into account when developing the LIU Post financial aid package. You must be a U.S. citizen and resident of the State of New York to be eligible for HESC awards. Students who reside outside of New York State may be eligible for grants, scholarships and loans from their home state. Contact the federal student aid agency at 1-800-433-3243 or www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov for more information. Below is a list of New York State awards. A full listing is available at www.hesc.com.

New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) (For Full-Time Undergraduate & Graduate Students)

Criteria
This grant is awarded to students based on household income.

For undergraduates: The New York State net taxable income ceiling for students who are dependent on their parents or who are married and/or have dependents of their own is currently $80,000. The New York State net taxable income ceiling for single independent students who do not have dependents is $10,000.

For graduate students: The New York State net taxable income ceiling for students who are dependent on their parents or who are married and/or have dependents of their own is currently $20,000. The New York State net taxable income ceiling for single independent students who do not have dependents is $5,666.
Application
The TAP Application process begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This New York State grant program is available to permanent residents of New York State who plan to attend a New York State college or university and meet income requirements. Students can complete the online TAP Application by linking to it directly from the FAFSA Confirmation Page. This Application should be completed no later than March 1 each year.
Amount
First-time undergraduate recipients with taxable incomes of $7,999 or less are eligible to receive awards as high as $5,000 per year. The award is reduced as the taxable income rises to $80,000. This award is limited to four years of undergraduate study. Eligible full-time (12 credits per semester) graduate students may receive awards ranging from $75-$550 per year for up to four years of study.
Repayment
None

Part-Time TAP Program (For Part-time Students)

Part-time students at approved schools in New York State who were first-time, full-time freshmen may be eligible for Part-Time TAP to help them pay for college. Part-Time TAP is a grant and does not have to be paid back. Part-Time TAP is not the same as Aid for Part-Time Study.

Eligibility

To be eligible for Part-Time TAP, a student must:

  • Be a first-time freshman in the 2006-07 academic year or thereafter
  • Have earned 12 credits or more in each of the two consecutive semesters, for a minimum total of 24 credits earned
  • Maintain a minimum of a "C" average

In addition, the student must:

  • Be a United States citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  • Be a legal resident of New York State
  • Have graduated from high school in the United States, or earned a GED, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department
  • Be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing
  • Be charged at least $200 tuition per year
  • Be taking 6 to 11 credits per semester
  • Not be default on a student loan guaranteed by Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) and not be in any Repayment of State awards
  • Meet income eligibility limitations
Application
To apply, complete and submit the FAFSA and TAP Applications and follow the instructions provided.
Amount

The income limits for Part-Time TAP are the same as those for undergraduate TAP:

  • Dependent undergraduate students or students who are married or have tax dependents – $80,000 NYS net taxable income.
  • Single independent undergraduate students with no dependents – $10,000 NYS net taxable income.
  • Partial TAP payment is made for students taking 6-11 credits per semester based on a percentage of the full TAP award.
Repayment
None

New York Aid for Part-time Study (APTS)

Criteria
This grant program is financed by New York State in conjunction with participating educational institutions throughout the State. It is designed to help part-time undergraduate students enrolled in 3-11 credits per semester meet their educational expenses.
Application
Application is made by completing the New York State Aid for Part-Time Study Application each semester and submit to the Financial Assistance Office at the LIU Post campus. In addition the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be filed annually by March 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Amount
The program provides up to $2,000 per year for part-time students who meet New York State net taxable income guidelines. Funding levels are limited so early Application is encouraged.
Repayment
None

Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

Criteria
Grants under the Higher Education Opportunity Program are made available to full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate a potential for completing post secondary education and who are economically and educationally disadvantaged.
Application
Application is made by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov. For further information and the deadline for applying, contact the HEOP Program at 516-299-2397.
Amount
The amount of the grant varies based on need, state funding levels and college costs.
Repayment
None

New York State Memorial Scholarships for Families of Deceased Firefighters, Volunteer Firefighters, Police Officers, Peace Officers and Emergency Medical Service Workers

Criteria
Provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of deceased firefighters, volunteer firefighters, police officers, peace officers and emergency medical service workers who have died as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty in service to the State of New York.
Application
Application is made by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov and also the NYS Memorial Scholarship Web Supplement.
Amount
Equal to the Tuition Costs of the State University of New York (SUNY) system.
Repayment
None

Regents Awards for Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans

Criteria
This award is for children of deceased or disabled veterans; you must establish documentary evidence when applying.
Application
A special application must be obtained from the Scholarship Unit, 13th Floor, New York State Higher Education Services Corporation, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12255.
Amount
These awards provide up to $450 per year for four years of full-time study.

Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarships

Criteria
Full-time students studying in an approved program leading to licensure in a profession designated by the Commissioner of Education may apply for this award. Applicants must be economically disadvantaged and a member of a minority group historically underrepresented in the licensed profession.
Application
For an application, write to the New York State Education, Bureau of HEOP/VATEA/Scholarships Education Building Addition, Room 1071, Albany, NY 12234.
Amount
This award provides from $1,000 to $5,000 per year for up to four years of study.
Repayment
Recipients must agree to practice in their chosen profession in New York State for 12 months for each annual payment received

State Aid to Native Americans

Criteria
This program provides financial assistance to enrolled members of a New York State tribe and their children who are attending, or planning to attend, a college in New York State and are New York State residents.
Application
Application forms may be obtained from the Native American Education Unit, New York State Education Department, Room 478EBA, Albany, NY 12234.

Application deadlines: July 15 for Fall Semester, December 31 for Spring Semester, May 20 for Summer Semester.

Veterans Tuition Awards

Criteria
Long Island University is approved for veterans education benefits under various G.I. bills for veterans or active duty service men and women. Tutorial assistance payments are also available.
Application
Information and applications are available through the LIU Post Office of Veterans Affairs 516-299-2588 or through the Veterans Administration 212-620-6901.
Amount
Award amounts are based on enrollment status
Repayment
None

Yellow Ribbon Program

Criteria
The Yellow Ribbon Program (also called Chapter 33) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Those who joined the armed forces after 9/11/01 are eligible.
Application
Application is made by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Visit the GI Bill Web site to see if you qualify. For additional information, contact the Admissions Office at 516-299-2900 or enroll@cwpost.liu.edu.
Amount
The program allows institutions of higher learning (degree-granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the Veteran’s Administration (VA) to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. Long Island University will contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and the VA will match the same amount as the institution. In most cases, the full cost of undergraduate tuition and fees are covered through this program. Long Island University will participate for a maximum of 250 veterans each year at its two residential campuses: the LIU Post campus in Brookville, NY and the Brooklyn Campus, NY.
Repayment
None

New York Lottery – Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship

Criteria
The New York Lottery – Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships are awarded to one graduating high school senior from every public and non-public school with experience in extracurricular activities and community service and who has demonstrated leadership skills. For study in New York State.
Application
Application is made each year by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov and by completing an application through the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation.
Amount
Recipients of this award receive $625 per semester for a maximum of eight terms. Renewal criteria applies.
Repayment
None

NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship

Criteria
The NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship program guarantees access to a college education to the families and financial dependents of the victims who died or were severely and permanently disabled in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the resulting rescue and recovery efforts.
Application
Application is made by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov and complete an application through the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation.
Amount
An amount equal to SUNY four-year college tuition and average mandatory educational fees (or the student's actual tuition and fees, whichever is less).
Repayment
None

NYS Scholarships for Academic Excellence

Criteria
Scholarships for Academic Excellence are awarded to outstanding graduates from registered New York State high schools. Awards are based on student grades in certain Regents exams. For up to five years of undergraduate study in New York State.
Application
Application is made by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov and complete an application through the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation.
Amount
$1,500 per year for up to five years of undergraduate study in New York State.
Repayment
None

Other New York State Aid

For a full listing of New York State scholarships and aid programs, visit the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation Web site.