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New York Scholarships and Financial Aid

Grants, Student Loans, & Fellowships

The Empire State comes in 3rd in population after California and Texas. With such a large number of people, New York offers a just as large a selection of public universities and colleges, private universities and colleges, and independent or for-profit universities and colleges. The State University of New York has 64 campuses throughout the state, and there are more than one hundred private universities and colleges state-wide. Students attending post-secondary educational institutions in New York may be eligible to receive financial assistance.

What Kinds of New York Scholarships and Financial Aid Are Available?

  • Federal financial aid—grants and loans
  • New York state financial aid—grants, scholarships, loans
  • New York university and college scholarships
  • Other New York scholarships

Federal Financial Aid for New York Students

Federal financial aid is available to students with financial need. In order to qualify, you must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The national deadline for the FAFSA is usually June 30 of the year for which you need aid. The state of New York also has its own FAFSA deadline. New York students must submit their FAFSAs on May 1, by midnight, Central Daylight Time. Your school may also have its own FAFSA deadline. Check with your financial aid office to make sure you don’t miss it.

FAFSA applications are available January 1, the year prior to the year you’ll use the aid. Because federal programs are offered on a first-come, first-served basis to those who qualify, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. After submitting your FAFSA, your school’s financial aid office will decide how much aid you need and offer you grants and/or loans.

New York State Financial Aid

There are New York financial aid programs for both New York residents and students from outside of New York. Here’s a list of financial aid programs for students who are residents of New York:

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
This need-based grant helps students pay for educational expenses. Since the 2007-2008 school year, students need to be attending one of the State University of New York campuses, City University of New York, or any non-profit post-secondary education institution in New York part-time to qualify for this grant.

Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarships
Children and spouses of victims of the February 12, 2009 Continental Airlines Flight 3407 crash are eligible for this scholarship. This scholarship covers tuition, fees, and room and board. Download an application here.

Flight 587 Memorial Scholarships
Children and spouses of victims of American Airlines Flight 587, which crashed on November 12, 2001, qualify for this scholarship. The scholarship covers tuition, fees, and room and board. Download an application here.

Military Service Recognition Scholarship (MSRS)
This New York financial aid program offers assistance to dependents of New York military personnel who died in action after August 2, 1990. The scholarship is intended for use in the state of New York. Download an application here.

New York Lottery – Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships
This program offers $5,000 to students who have demonstrated leadership and community involvement. For more information, click here?.

NYS Math & Science Teaching Incentive
Students who are pursuing careers in math or science education are eligible to receive assistance from this New York financial aid program. Students are required to sign a service contract to work for 5 years as a teacher. Click here for application procedures.

NYS Memorial Scholarships for Families of Deceased Firefighters, Volunteer Firefighters, Police Officers, Peace Officers, and Emergency Medical Service Workers
Children and spouses of police officers, peace officers, firefighters, volunteer firefighters, or emergency medical service workers may be eligible to receive financial assistance to study in New York. Click here to download an application.

Scholarships for Academic Excellence
$1,500 scholarships are available to high school graduates with high academic achievement. See your school counselor for application procedures.

NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship
Children and spouses of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks are eligible for this scholarships, which pays for tuition, fees, and room and board. Click here to download an application

Senator Patricia K. McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarship
This scholarship supports licensed nurses who are pursuing advanced degrees in nursing in the state of New York. Click here for more details.

NYS Aid to Native Americans
This program supports students who are members or children of members of a New York State tribe. Click here for more information.

Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans
This New York financial aid program assists children of veterans who were killed or disabled during certain periods of World War I, World War II (including Merchant Marine service), the Korean war, Vietnam war, the Gulf war, or the conflict in Afghanistan. Click here for qualified periods.

Veterans Tuition Awards
Veterans who are studying in New York as undergraduates or graduates of accredited post-secondary institutions are eligible for this award. Click here for application and more information.

Students from outside of New York state may qualify for the following programs:

  • Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarships
  • Flight 587 Memorial Scholarships
  • Military Service Recognition Scholarship (MSRS)
  • NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship

New York University and College Scholarships

Individual universities and colleges in New York also offer scholarships. Scholarships are often offered based on merit, need, major, special ability, leadership/involvement, and a combination of these things. Most merit-based and need-based scholarships are offered during the admissions process. Students only have to submit their applications for admission to the university to be considered. Other scholarships, such as those based on special ability or major, may require separate applications. Scholarships, scholarship application procedures, and scholarship qualifications differ from school to school. Check with your financial aid or scholarship office for more information.

Other New York Scholarships

Another kind of scholarship are scholarships offered by businesses, professional groups, and foundations. Here’s a list of just a few of the available programs for New York students:

The Kosciuszko Foundation
The foundation offers financial assistance to students who are of Polish descent. There are programs for both undergraduate and graduate students.

New York Women in Communications Foundation Scholarship Program
Students who are permanent residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania may qualify for several scholarships offered by this foundation. Recipients are selected based on need, high academic achievement, and demonstrated interest in the communications field. Applications will be available in November.

New York Financial Writers’ Association Scholarships
Several scholarships are offered to New York students who are serious about pursuing a career in journalism, particularly business and financial writing. Click here to download an application.

New York Conservation Officers Association, Inc.
Four scholarships ($500 each) are available to students studying programs related to natural resources. Three of the scholarships are offered specifically to students in the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at the State University of New York at Syracuse, Paul Smith’s College, and Finger Lakes Community College. Students who are interested in these three programs should talk to their department. Students who are interested in the last scholarship may contact the association at questions@nycoa.org.

Armenian Students Association
A large number of scholarships are available to students of Armenian descent. Students must either be U.S. citizens or have legal paperwork to attend school in the U.S. Click here for applications and current deadlines.

Three Things to Remember About New York Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Remember that four of New York’s state financial aid programs are also offered to students from out-of-state.
  • New York offers many financial aid programs for students who have lost a parent to war or specific events in recent history. Check to see if you qualify for any of them.
  • When it comes to outside scholarships, there are tons of them. Look into your local options before chasing national scholarships.

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