Grants and Work Study

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

Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant is available to US citizens or eligible non-citizens who demonstrate exceptional financial need. Pell Grant eligibility is based on the FAFSA expected family contribution and ranges from $657 - $6,195 for the 2019-2020 academic year. 

To apply, students must submit the FAFSA application. For more information about the Federal Pell Grant, visit the Federal Student Aid website

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is available to US citizens or eligible non-citizens who demonstrate exceptional financial need. SEOG eligibility is typically $400 per year. 

To apply, students must submit the FAFSA application. For more information about Federal SEOG, visit the Federal Student Aid website

Federal TEACH Grant/Loan

The Federal TEACH Grant is available to US citizens or eligible non-citizens who intend to teach full time in a high-need, low-income school. The TEACH Grant will revert to a loan if the student does not fulfill service requirements. TEACH Grant eligibility is up to $4,000 per year.

To apply, students submit the FAFSA application. Students interested in the Federal TEACH Grant should read the service requirements on the Federal Student Aid website

New York State Grants

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) 

New York State TAP is available to New York state residents who are attending college full-time, and have a family taxable income (New York State) of less than $80,001. TAP is based on a family's income, and eligibility ranges from $500-$5,165 per year. 

To apply, submit the FAFSA application (look for the state aid application on the confirmation page of FAFSA).

Complete the TAP application available from:

The confirmation page upon completion of your FAFSA or by completing the application on the NY State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website

New York State Excelsior Scholarship

The Excelsior Scholarship is available to undergraduates who are New York State residents and US citizen/eligible non-citizens. The Excelsior Scholarship will provide free tuition, up to to $6470 in 2019-2020.

Any grants or scholarship a student receives from other sources (e.g. TAP, Pell Grant, non-merit SUNY Cortland Scholarships) will first be deducted from the Excelsior Scholarship. 

Eligibility includes New York State residency, income eligibility, and course-load requirements while enrolled. Students must graduate on time and live and work in New York state after graduation for as many years as they receive the award. If the student does not meet the post-graduation requirements, the Excelsior award amount will revert to a loan that must be repaid. Students interested in the Excelsior Scholarship should read the Excelsior Scholarship eligibility criteria and post-graduation requirements

Educational Opportunity (EOP) Grant

The Educational Opportunity Grant is available to New York state students who have been accepted to the Educational Opportunity Program at SUNY Cortland. EOP eligibility is typically $2,500 per year. 

New York State Aid for Part-time Studies (APTS) 

Aid for part-time study is available to matriculated, undergraduate students enrolled part-time. To apply for APTS, students must submit the APTS application to the SUNY Cortland Financial Aid Office. APTS is based on a family's income and the maximum eligibility is $2,000 per year (not to exceed tuition charges). 

For information about the Aid for Part-Time Study program, visit the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website

Senator Josè Peralta Dream Act

The Senator José Peralta NY State DREAM Act gives undocumented and other students access to New York State administered grants and scholarships that support higher education costs. Your immigration status provided on your application will be held confidential by NY State and SUNY Cortland. Interested students should review eligibility requirements and FAQs on the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website

Graduate Opportunity Program

The Graduate Opportunity Program provides tuition assistance to graduate students who were enrolled in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Higher Educational Opportunity Program (HEOP) or a Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK) program as an undergraduate.

To apply, students must 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. 

Federal Work Study

Unlike other types of financial aid, Federal Work Study earnings are not applied directly to the student's bill. Students who are eligible for Federal Work Study receive the funds in the form of a paycheck, based on hours worked, similar to a normal job. The amount you are expected to earn from working is listed in your financial aid eligibility. 

To apply, students must submit the FAFSA application. For more information about Federal Work Study, visit the Federal Student Aid website


 

SUNY Cortland Scholarships

SUNY Cortland Future New Yorker Grant

The SUNY Cortland Future New Yorker Grant is available for non-New York state residents who do not qualify for in-state tuition. The Future New Yorker Grant is provided to ease the out-of-state tuition cost and no application is necessary. 

Undergraduates must be matriculated, enrolled full time (12 credit hours) per semester and be in good academic standing. Eligibility is up to $3,000 per semester. 

Graduate students must be matriculated and in good academic standing. Eligibility is pro-rated based on credit hours enrolled. Students receiving a Graduate Assistantship are not eligible for the Future New Yorker Grant. 

International Student Grant

The SUNY Cortland International Student Grant is available to international students to help ease the out-of-state tuition costs. No application is necessary. 

Undergraduates must be matriculated, enrolled full time (12 credit hours) per semester and be in good academic standing. Eligibility is up to $3,000 per semester. 

Graduate students must be matriculated and in good academic standing. Eligibility is pro-rated based on credit hours enrolled. Students receiving a Graduate Assistantship are not eligible for the International Student Grant. 

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