If you have filed the appropriate application, you will be automatically packaged with any of the below-mentioned grants that you are eligible for.
The Federal Pell program provides assistance in the form of a grant to matriculated undergraduate students who have not earned a prior undergraduate degree.
Pell eligibility is determined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated from the information provided on the FAFSA. The 2023-2024 awards range from $750 to $7,395 for full-time enrollment for two semesters. The amount of the Pell Grant may be prorated based on a students’ enrollment status. Students may not receive Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.
Students who are eligible for a refund from the Pell Grant may make arrangements with the Office of Student Accounts for a credit (Hawk Dollars) for the purchase of books.
All students are limited to receive Pell for a maximum equivalent of twelve full time semesters or six years, inclusive of any prior years. View the details of the new regulations here: Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility.
Pell eligible students whose parent or guardian died as a result of military service in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 will receive the maximum award amount for the year. You must be under 24 years old and enrolled at least part-time at the time of your parent's or guardian's death.
IMPORTANT: Students may be eligible to receive up to 150 percent of their Scheduled Award for an award year. This provision is called "Year-Round Pell". The reason it is called "Year Round" is because it allows students to receive additional Pell funds, often in summer terms.
Example: A student receives a Pell Grant of $5,000 ($2,500 each semester). If enrolled for Summer Session, that student is eligible to receive up to $2,500 in additional Pell funds for the summer term.
Note that students who are eligible for Year-Round Pell awards are still subject to normal Pell Grant duration of eligibility and LEU (Lifetime Eligibility Used) limits.
Pell Recalculation Date
Federal Guidelines require Title lV eligible institutions to set a Pell Recalculation Policy. The Office of Student Financial Services sets a Pell Recalculation Date (PRD) for each semester. The PRD each is semester is the date upon which the student incurs full tuition liability. On the established PRD, a student’s Pell Grant eligibility is locked for the semester based on their enrollment status as of that date. Generally, any changes in enrollment status after the PRD will not increase or decrease a Pell award.
Students who withdraw from college may be subject to a recalculation of all federal aid based on the amount of time attended.
Students adding additional courses late in the semester will not be eligible for an increased Pell Grant if the coursework is added after the PRD.
Federal regulations require recalculation of Pell eligibility if the student fails to begin attendance in any coursework used to calculate a Pell Grant even if it occurs after the PRD.
TAP is a New York State grant entitlement program for residents of the State. Applicants must be enrolled in at least 12 credits per semester and matriculated in an approved New York State postsecondary program. Awards range from $500 to $5,665 for undergraduates. A FAFSA must be filed first in order to receive the TAP application link online. The TAP application is also used to apply for other New York State grant programs and scholarship awards.
Visit the HESC website for additional information on TAP.
Does your award package include an ESTIMATED TAP GRANT? If NYS HESC does not provide the Office of Student Financial Services with an actual TAP grant amount for you, an estimate will appear in your aid package instead. Estimated TAP grants indicate that action is required on your part.
Why is my TAP estimated? It could be because one of the following....
1. You have not completed the Express TAP Application (ETA). If you wish to be considered for a TAP grant, you must first complete the ETA online at www.hesc.ny.gov. Duplicate forms may be obtained online at hesc.ny.gov or by calling (888) NYS-HESC.
2. You have not responded to a request for additional information from NYSHESC regarding your ETA. If you have questions, contact HESC at (888) NYS-HESC.
3. You need to change the college code to SUNY New Paltz 0925 at hesc.ny.gov.
New York State residents planning to attend a State University of New York college should apply for the New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). TAP is available for eligible students taking 6 or more credit hours per semester in their program of study.
TAP awards are based on NYS net taxable income and other factors. FAFSA applicants will link to the TAP application if:
- You are a New York State resident, and
- You included at least one approved New York State college on your FAFSA.
Learn more about TAP eligibility here.
The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides a full SUNY or CUNY tuition scholarship for the top 10 percent of students in each New York State high school if they pursue a STEM degree (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in an associates or bachelor degree program and agree to work in a STEM field in New York State for 5 years after graduation. View our flyer here: SUNY STEM flyer
IMPORTANT- All award monies received shall convert to a 10-year student loan plus interest for recipients who fail to meet the statutory, regulatory, contractual, administrative or other requirements of this program.
More information on this program and how to apply can be found at hesc:
APTS is a New York State tuition assistance program for matriculated undergraduate students enrolled 3 to 11 credits per semester. Applicants will need to complete and submit the APTS application with a signed copy of their prior year New York State tax return.
View these HESC links for more APTS information:
FSEOG is a federal grant awarded by the college to matriculated undergraduate students with exceptional need. It is a Campus Based program and the awards may range from $100 to $4,000 per year, depending on funding and the expected family contribution (EFC). These grants are only awarded to Pell eligible students. A student may receive FSEOG for the period required to complete a first baccalaureate degree. The FAFSA is used to apply.
EOP is a grant program for New York State residents who are admitted to the college through the Educational Opportunity Program at the beginning of their postsecondary study. Students must be full‑time matriculated undergraduates. Awards are based on need and may range up to $2,800 per year. The FAFSA is used to apply.
See the Admissions section under EOP for more information at:
If you are considered an out-of-state resident or are from another state other than New York, you should check with your state higher education agency for sources of information about any grant and financial assistance that may be available to you.
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Miscellaneous NYS Grants and Scholarships
Details about additional New York State (NYS) grants, awards, and scholarships are posted here.