New York Financial Aid
New York is a great place to attend college because students can get the best of both worlds. With a major city as the state's capital and more rural surrounding communities, students have their pick of degree programs at New York's 500 colleges and universities. Regardless of which college or university in New York a student decides to attend, chances are they will need financial aid to help pay for the costs of tuition and fees. New York offers many scholarship, grant, student loan and other financial aid opportunities to residents and those attending a college in the state.
New York Scholarships and Grants
New York scholarships and grants are an important part of the educational landscape for New Yorkers. Use the Campus Explorer Scholarship Search to find scholarships in New York that will help you get the education you need.
- New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): Full-time students who are residents of New York and studying at a college in the state are eligible to recieve this grant.
- Part-time TAP Program: This grant has similar requirements as the TAP program, however the student must be attending either the State University of New York (SUNY), the City University of New York (CUNY) or a not-for-profit independent college.
- Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS): This $2,000 award is offered to part-time students who demonstrate financial need.
- Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarships: Students must be children or spouses of individuals killed as a result of the crash of Continental Airlines Flight 3407. The aid covers the full cost of a full-time undergraduate tuition.
- Flight 587 Memorial Scholarships: Students must be children or spouses of people who were killed as a result of American Airlines Flight 587. The student must attend college in New York and the award amount covers the cost of undergraduate tuition.
- Military Service Recognition Scholarship (MSRS): Children or spouses of military members who died or become totally and permanently disabled while on active duty are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The award covers the cost of undergraduate tuition at a New York college or university.
- NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Scholarships: This scholarships pays for the cost of tuition for teaching students who agree to work for five years as full-time employees as a high school math or science teacher.
- NYS Memorial Scholarships: Families of safety workers, including firefighters, police officers and emergency medical service workers who died in the line of duty are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
- NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence: Up to $1,500 are awarded to the 8,000 recipients of this scholarship. Students are eligible if they are studying full-time at a New York college or university and demonstrate academic merit.
- NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship: Families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks can receive a full scholarship to a New York college or university.
- Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship: This is a federal program administered by each state which awards up to $1,500 to students based on academic merit.
- NYS Aid for Native Americans: Up to $2,000 is awarded to students who are members of a New York State tribe.
- NYS Regents Award for Children of Deceased Veterans: Children whose parents died as a result of specific conflicts are eligble to receive this scholarship which awards students with $450 each year.
- Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA): This scholarship is awarded to eligible veterans pursuing any certificate, career training associates degree, transfer associate degree, bachelors degree, masters degree or Ph.D. in New York.
Scholarships from New York Colleges and Universities
New York colleges and universities also offer scholarships to enrolled students. These scholarships may be based off of financial need, academic merit, ethnicity, special talent, major, a combination or other criteria. Some schools provide a single common application for all scholarships, while other colleges provide an application for each scholarship. The following colleges and universities offer unique scholarship opportunities to new and returning students:
- SUNY College at Geneseo Scholarships
- SUNY College at Oswego Scholarships
- SUNY College at Cortland Scholarships
- Farmingdale State College Scholarships
- SUNY College at New Paltz Scholarships
- SUNY College at Oneonta Scholarships
- Binghampton University Scholarships
Other colleges in New York, such as New York University do not require an application. Students are automatically considered for a scholarship based on merit or financial need when they turn in their college application.
Determining what city you attend college is almost as important as figuring out which degree program you pursue. Colleges and universities in New York located in cities that have a large number of colleges may have access to a greater amount of financial aid. The top five cities in New York with the most colleges are New York, Brooklyn, Albany, Rochester and Buffalo.
Other Scholarships in New York
Community foundations in the state of New York offer scholarships to residents attending a college or university. These scholarships may be based on merit, financial need, county of residence, ethnicity, major,and more. Here is a list of scholarships offered by community foundations to get you started on your search:
- Swiss Benevolent Society of New York Scholarship: Swiss students who demonstrate financial need and academic merit are eligible to receive this scholarship.
- International House New York: Several scholarship and grant opportunities are available to students who are members of the group.
- New York Women in Communications Foundation: High school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in communications may apply.
- Myself Third Scholarship: Established in the spirit of those who contributed to the World Trade Center rescue efforts, these scholarships are offered to students based on their academic merit, extracurricular activities and community service experience.
- Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Scholarships: Several sholarships are offered to residents of Buffalo, New York who are pursuing a degree in the state.
New York Student Loans
To find student loans in New York, check out the Student Loan Network, which has a database of all student loans offered at each college in New York.