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New York State Grants and Scholarships

The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) administers both state and federally funded student financial aid programs for undergraduate students. Some programs are administered solely by HESC, while others are administered jointly with other state agencies. A complete chart of programs for which Iona College students may be eligible follows.

Grants

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), New York's largest grant program, helps eligible New York residents attending in-state postsecondary institutions pay for tuition. TAP grants are based on the applicant's and his or her family's New York State taxable income.

NYS Aid for Part Time Study

The Aid for Part Time Study (APTS) program provides grant assistance for eligible part-time students enrolled in approved undergraduate studies.

Scholarships

New York State Achievement and Investment in Merit Scholarship

The New York State Achievement and Investment in Merit Scholarship (NY-AIMS) provides merit-based scholarships to New York State high school graduates who achieved academic excellence as a high school student, and enroll or plan to enroll in a public or private New York State college immediately after high school.
To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • have resided in New York State (NYS) for 12 continuous months;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • graduate from a NYS high school in the class of 2015;
  • enroll full time as a first time student in an eligible NYS college for the fall 2015 term; and
  • have achieved at least two of the following during high school:
    • have graduated with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or above;
    • have graduated “with honors” on a New York State Regents diploma or received a score of 3 or higher on two or more Advanced Placement (or AP) examinations;
    • have graduated within the top 15% of his or her high school class.
Award Amounts
Recipients will receive annual awards of $500 for not more than four years of undergraduate study, or five years if the program of study normally requires five years.  Awards will be disbursed directly to the college and may be used to support the recipient’s expenses while in college. Up to 5,000 awards will be granted to new recipients for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.  The number of awards to be made under this Program in future years is subject to available funding. To apply, complete and submit The New York State Achievement and Investment in Merit Scholarship (NY-AIMS) Application and upload, fax or mail the required documentation. The deadline for submitting the applications for the 2015-16 academic year is June 30, 2015.

Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarships

Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarships provide financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of individuals killed as a direct result of the crash of Continental Airlines Flight 3407 on February 12, 2009.

Flight 587 Memorial Scholarships

The Flight 587 Memorial Scholarships guarantee access to a college education for the families and financial dependents of victims of the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 on November 12, 2001.

Military Service Recognition Scholarships

The Military Service Recognition Scholarship provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of members of the armed forces of the United States or of a state organized militia who, at any time on or after August 2, 1990, while a New York State resident, died or became severely and permanently disabled while engaged in hostilities or training for hostilities. For study in New York State.

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

The NYS Memorial Scholarship 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. For study in New York State.

NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence

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.

NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship

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.

Important Information

New York State grant and scholarship programs are intended to cover the tuition costs at New York colleges and schools. To be eligible for TAP, you must be a New York State resident for 12 consecutive months before enrolling in the program for which assistance is sought and attend an eligible school or college located in New York State. Residing in New York State for the sole purpose of attending college does not constitute proof of residency.