The government pays billions of dollars each year to help students to go to college, and they often do that in the form of a student grant. A student grant usually goes straight to the college and does not have to be paid back.
A federal grant to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. To determine if you are eligible, apply on the FAFSA website. The maximum Pell Grant for 2018-19 is $6095 (for full-time students). Part-time students receive a lesser amount. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the student's enrollment status determine the amount of the award. Students must meet all eligibility criteria to be eligible.
A federal grant for undergraduates with exceptional financial need - students with the lowest EFC's who demonstrate financial need and who receive Federal Pell Grants. Funds are limited, so students should apply by the priority deadline (May 15 for Fall and November 15 for Spring).
A New York State grant for full-time students who are residents of NYS and meet all eligibility criteria. Students must complete and send the Express TAP Application (ETA) either online (after the completion of the online FAFSA) or by mail. Awards for 2018-19* may range from $500 - $4480 per year based on 2016 NYS income tax information.
* Depends on the NYS budget.
A New York State grant for part-time matriculated students taking at least 3 college credits. APTS applications are available to download, or at the Financial Aid Office. Fall 2018 application deadline is Friday, August 3, 2018 and the Spring 2019 application deadline is Friday, January 4, 2019. Award amounts are determined by enrollment and funds available. Students must meet all eligibility.
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is a New York state grant program that provides assistance through academic programs, financial assistance, counseling/advising, and other campus support services to those who are from low-income and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds.
To find out if you're eligible, and apply, visit the EOP Program Page.