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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.

New York State grant and scholarship programs are intended to cover the tuition costs at New York colleges and schools.

As an Iona College student you may be eligible for the following NY State grants and scholarships:

  • 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. 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.
  • NYS Aid for Part-Time Study: The Aid for Part-Time Study program provides grant assistance for eligible part-time students enrolled in approved undergraduate studies.
  • New York State Enhanced Tuition Awards: Provides tuition awards to students who are New York State residents attending a participating private college located in New York State. Recipients with family incomes up to $125,000, may receive $6,000 through a combination of their Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award, ETA award and Iona College scholarship or grant.
  • New York State Achievement and Investment in Merit Scholarship: This program 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.
  • Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarships: Provides 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: Guarantees 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 Enhanced Recognition Incentive and Tribute 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 performing their military duties, whether in combat or not.
  • NYS Memorial Scholarship: Provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of deceased firefighters, volunteer firefighters, police officers, peace officers (including NYS Correction 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.
  • NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence: Provides up to $1,500 per year for up to five years of undergraduate study in New York State.
  • World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship: Provides access to a college education for children, spouses, and financial dependents of innocent victims who died or were severely and permanently disabled as a result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States of America - at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on airline flights 11, 77, 93, and 175 - and the resulting rescue and recovery efforts.