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Phone: 607-753-4717
Fax: 607-753-5990
financial.aid@cortland.edu

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Grants and Work Study

Grants are awarded based solely on financial need. Unlike loans, grants don’t have to be repaid. 

Federal Pell Grants

Description

Pell is a need-based, undergraduate grant program that is funded by the federal government. 

How to Apply

In order to be considered for a Pell Grant, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for an award, a student must:

  • be admitted to SUNY Cortland as a degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • be enrolled at least part time (three or more credit hours each semester)
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • demonstrate financial need
  • meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards as defined by the SUNY Cortland Office of Financial Aid
  • meet all requirements for federal Title IV financial aid programs
  • not be enrolled in a program leading to a second baccalaureate degree

Award Amounts

Award amounts are initially offered based on full-year, full-time enrollment and range from $605 to $5,645 for the 2013-2014 academic year. Award amounts are prorated for students who enroll less than full year and/or less than full time.

Renewal

Awards cannot be automatically renewed. Students must apply annually and continue to meet the eligibility requirements listed above.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Description

SEOG is a need-based, undergraduate grant program that is funded by the federal government. 

How to Apply

In order to be considered for SEOG, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for an award, a student must:

  • be admitted to SUNY Cortland as a degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • be enrolled at least half time (six or more credit hours each semester)
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • be Pell Grant eligible
  • demonstrate “exceptional” financial need
  • meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards as defined by the SUNY Cortland Financial Aid Office
  • meet all requirements for federal Title IV financial aid programs
  • not be enrolled in a program leading to a second baccalaureate degree

Award Amounts

SEOG awards are typically $400 for the year. SEOG funding students receive depends not only on their financial need but also on the amount of other aid they get. Receiving other aid might also reduce the amount of an SEOG award.

Renewal

Awards cannot be automatically renewed. Students must apply annually and continue to meet the eligibility requirements listed above.

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) (NYS residents only)

Description

TAP grants are a New York state need-based, undergraduate grant program for eligible students attending New York state colleges.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for TAP, a student must apply via the “New York State Residents” link on the FAFSA Submission Confirmation page or use Tap On the Web at https://www.tap.hesc.ny.gov/totw/

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for an award, a student must:

  • meet income eligibility guidelines as set by New York State Higher Education Service Corporation
  • be admitted to SUNY Cortland as a degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • be a legal resident of New York state
  • be enrolled full time, at least 12 credit hours per semester, at SUNY Cortland. However, in order to meet New York state standards for Academic Progress and maintain eligibility, students should enroll in at least 15 credit hours per semester at SUNY Cortland
  • have graduated from high school, or have a GED or the equivalent
  • be in good academic standing
  • not be in default on a student loan guaranteed by HESC and not be in default on any repayment of state awards

Award Amounts

TAP grant awards for dependent students and for independent students with dependents range from $500 to $5,000 for the school year. Awards for independent students without dependents range from $500 to $3,025 for the school year. Eligible students may receive up to four years (eight semesters) of assistance for full-time study.

Renewal

Awards cannot be automatically renewed. Students must apply annually and continue to meet the eligibility requirements listed above.

Aid for Part-time Studies (APTS) (NYS residents only)

Description

APTS is a New York state grant program for students pursuing a degree on a part-time basis. Funding is applied to the college for tuition only.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for APTS, students must fill out an APTS application available at the SUNY Cortland Financial Aid Office.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for an award, a student must

  • be admitted to SUNY Cortland as a degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • be a legal resident of New York state
  • be enrolled part time, at least three but less than 12 credit hours per semester at SUNY Cortland
  • have graduated from high school or have a GED or the equivalent
  • be in good academic standing
  • not be in default on a student loan guaranteed by HESC and not be in default on any repayment of state awards
  • meet income eligibility limitations

Dependent students must have a New York state taxable family income less than $50,550. Independent students must have a New York state taxable family income less than $34,250.

Award Amounts

APTS awards provide up to $2,000 per year for part-time undergraduate study. An APTS award cannot exceed tuition charges.

Renewal

Awards cannot be automatically renewed. Students must apply annually and continue to meet the eligibility requirements listed above.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Grant (NYS residents only)

Description

The EOP grant is available to students who have been accepted into the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at SUNY Cortland. EOP is designed for students who have the ability and talent to succeed in college but have had limited academic and financial options to prove their dedication. 

How to Apply

To be considered for an award, a student must:

  • file an admissions application
  • file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • meet eligibility criteria and income guidelines

To be eligible for admission to the Educational Opportunity Program, a student must be:

  • a New York state resident for 12 months prior to enrollment
  • ineligible for admission under traditional standards, but demonstrate potential for completing a college program
  • in need of financial assistance within established income guidelines

In selecting students for the program, priority is given to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Award Amounts

EOP awards are typically up to $2,500 for first-year students and variable in subsequent years.

Renewal

Awards cannot be automatically renewed. Students must apply annually and continue to meet the eligibility requirements listed above.

Teach Grant/Loan Program

Description

The Teach Grant/Loan provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for undergraduate and graduate students who intend to teach full time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families. Funding could turn into an Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loan with retroactive interest attached if recipient is unable to fulfill teaching requirements.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for a Teach Grant/Loan, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Eligibility Criteria

Teach Grant/Loans are reviewed prior to each disbursement to verify a students continuing eligibility. Teach Grant/Loan award amounts may change if a student does not meet the eligibility criteria, changed major or enrollment credit hours. 

To be considered for an award, a student must: 

  • be admitted as a degree-seeking undergraduate student in one of the following high-need fields of study:
    • bilingual education and English language acquisition
    • foreign language
    • mathematics
    • reading specialist
    • science
    • special education
    • other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas, not geographic areas, that are listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing. To access the listing, please go to http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.html.
  • be enrolled at least part time
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • meet Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards as defined by the SUNY Cortland Financial Aid Office
  • meet all requirements for federal Title IV financial aid programs
  • complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need
  • not be enrolled in a program leading to a second baccalaureate degree

Students must meet the following academic achievement requirements:

  • Score above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test such as SAT, ACT, GRE, or
    • incoming freshman must have a cumulative GPA of at least an 87.5 or an 1180 SAT score from high school to receive a grant as a college freshman
    • incoming transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale on prior college course work to receive a grant for their first term at SUNY Cortland
    • continuing students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale to receive a grant for each subsequent term and
  • Complete TEACH Grant/Loan counseling
  • Sign a TEACH Grant/Loan Agreement to Serve and respond to requests by the U.S. Department of Education confirming your continuing intention to meet the teaching obligation at www.teach-ats.ed.gov.

Award Amounts

The Teach Grant/Loan awards provide up to $4,000 per year.

Renewal

Awards cannot be automatically renewed. Students must apply annually and continue to meet the eligibility requirements listed above.

Conditions

In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant. If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed. TEACH Grant recipients will be given a six-month grace period prior to entering repayment if a TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

Schools Serving Low-Income Students

Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits. To access the directory, please go to www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp.

TEACH Grant/Loan Agreement to Serve

Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that will be available electronically on the Department of Education Web site. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements and includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed. Specifically, the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve will require the following:

  • For each TEACH Grant-eligible program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, you must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight calendar years after you completed or withdrew from the academic program for which you received the TEACH Grant.
  • You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher at a low-income school. The term highly-qualified teacher is defined in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or in section 602(10) of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.
  • Your teaching service must be in a high-need field.
  • You must comply with any other requirements that the Department of Education determines to be necessary.
  • If you do not complete the required teaching service obligation, TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan that you must repay, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

IMPORTANT REMINDER

If you receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required teaching service, as explained above, you will be required to repay the grants as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

Federal Work Study

Description

Work Study is a federal financial aid award program that pays students wages for part-time employment during the academic year. These wages are provided to help students with miscellaneous expenses while they are at school. Federal Work Study (FWS) jobs are hourly employment, just like any other part-time job. Students are paid for work on and off campus for an average of 5-10 hours per week. Students must work to earn their FWS award. It is a myth that students are paid to study.

It is important to be aware that FWS is a limited federal fund that is granted in different amounts to each college to subsidize the payroll with which students awarded are paid for hours worked. Due to this fund being allocated at a fixed and limited amount each year, every eligible student cannot be awarded FWS.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for FWS, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for an award, a student must:

  • be admitted to SUNY Cortland as a degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • be enrolled full time, at least 12 credits per semester at SUNY Cortland
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • demonstrate financial need
  • meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards as defined by the SUNY Cortland Financial Aid Office
  • meet all requirements for federal Title IV financial aid programs
  • not be enrolled in a program leading to a second baccalaureate degree

Award Amounts

Award amounts are initially offered based on full-year, full-time enrollment and range from $1,350 to $2,700 for the 2013-2014 academic year. 

Renewal

Awards cannot be automatically renewed. Students must apply annually and continue to meet the eligibility requirements listed above.

Additional Requirements

  • students are guaranteed a job placement on or off campus, as long as they have accepted FWS as part of their award package and have satisfied all the requirements of this award
  • students must complete a job preference survey through the accept process of their award package on myRedDragon
  • students must agree to and accept the FWS Rights and Responsibilities on myRedDragon
  • students must complete the I-9 with their required original documents and W-4 forms in person at the Financial Aid Office to be assigned to payroll before they can begin working
  • due to the bi-weekly payroll lag, it will take one month from the time students have been assigned to payroll before they will receive their first paycheck

FWS awards can be canceled and awarded to another eligible student if all requirements are not satisfied. Eligible students can apply for all available jobs posted on the bullentin board outside the Financial Aid Office. Students must have I-9 documents with them to apply.

Career Services offers other student employment opportunities for those students that were not awarded or are not eligible for Work Study.

Please visit the Career Services website.
 

Graduate Opportunity Program

Description

The Graduate Opportunity Program provides tuition assistance to graduate students who were enrolled in EOP, HEOP or a SEEK program as an undergraduate.

How to Apply

Students must apply and be admitted to a graduate program. GOP certification forms are generated by the Graduate Admissions Office and sent to students who indicate on the Graduate Admissions Application that they were enrolled in an opportunity program as an undergraduate. Documentation of a student’s prior status as an undergraduate opportunity program participant is required. 

Award Amounts

Funding is limited and not guaranteed. Early application is encouraged. Award amounts vary based on number of credit hours for which a student is enrolled.

Renewal

Awards are not automatically renewed. Students are encouraged to contact their financial aid advisor.

SUNY Cortland Future New Yorker Grant

Description

The SUNY Cortland Future New Yorker Grant is available to matriculated out-of-state undergraduate and graduate students attending SUNY Cortland. This grant provides financial support to ease the cost of out-of-state tuition. 

How to Apply

No application necessary.

Eligibility Criteria

To receive a grant, a student must 

  • be admitted to SUNY Cortland as a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • not be an out-of-state graduate student participating in a Graduate Assistantship (Graduate assistants are not eligible for the Future New Yorker Grant)
  • be in good academic standing

Award Amounts ( 2013-2014)

Out-of-state matriculated undergraduate students will receive $2,375 per semester.

Out-of-state matriculated graduate students  will receive $2,375 per semester for full-time enrollment (12 credit hours). Students enrolled in less than 12 credits hours will receive a pro-rated amount.

12 credit hours             $2,375
9 credit hours               $1,792
6 credit hours               $1,188
3 credit hours               $  594

International Student Grant 

Description

The SUNY Cortland International Student Grant is available to matriculated international undergraduate and graduate students attending SUNY Cortland. This grant provides financial support to ease the cost of international/out-of-state tuition. 

How to Apply

No application necessary.

Eligibility Criteria

To receive a grant, a student must be admitted to SUNY Cortland as a degree-seeking international undergraduate or graduate student.

  • not be an international graduate student participating in a Graduate Assistantship (Graduate assistants are not eligible for an International Student Grant)

Award Amounts ( 2013-2014)

Matriculated international undergraduate students will receive $2,375 per semester.

Matriculated international graduate students  will receive $2,375 per semester for full-time enrollment (12 credit hours). Students enrolled in less than 12 credits hours will receive a pro-rated amount.

12 credit hours             $2,375
9 credit hours               $1,792
6 credit hours               $1,188
3 credit hours               $  594