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Grants

A number of federal and state grants are available to those students who qualify.

Pell Grant

Federal Pell Grants may be used to pay your tuition, or, if your tuition is covered by other means, to help you buy your books and supplies or pay your transportation costs. This grant is available only to students who have not earned a first bachelor’s degree or professional certificate. Award amounts for the 2021-2022 academic year ranged from a minimum of $672 to a maximum of $6,495 for full-time study. The amount of Pell you receive depends on your EFC and your enrollment status. Students will be limited to 12 terms of full-time Pell payments or its equivalent for part-time study. For more information, see the Pell Grant Schedule.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application for federal student assistance. You can apply before you have been admitted to York starting October 1st prior to the Academic year you plan to attend. Apply online by going to www.fafsa.gov.
For help in completing your FAFSA or to obtain a paper FAFSA you can call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243. For federal student financial aid information online, go to https://studentaid.gov

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP is a New York State grant program which helps eligible full-time students meet tuition costs. TAP is money paid on your behalf directly to the school for tuition only. TAP awards range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $2,500 per semester.

Once you complete your FAFSA online, you will be taken to a Confirmation Page. Click on the link to apply for New York State-based financial aid and you will be directed to the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website in order to fill out your TAP application. If you miss the link you will receive an email from HESC after your FAFSA is processed with information on how to complete your TAP application.

Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)

APTS is a New York State tuition grant for part-time study for students who may not be eligible for a TAP award. To receive APTS, you must be a New York State resident, enroll for at least six but fewer than twelve credits, meet certain income limits and not have exhausted your eligibility for TAP. Award amounts range from a minimum of $20 to a maximum of $45 per credit. Awards will vary based on the availability of program funds.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is a federal program which helps students with exceptional need meet educationally related expenses. SEOG awards are made to supplement other forms of financial aid and do not have to be repaid. This grant is available only to students who have not earned a first bachelor’s degree or professional certificate.  These funds are limited.  Applicants should file their FAFSA as early as possible to be considered for this grant.