There are three categories of federal student aid: grants, work-study (hyperlink), and loans (hyperlink). Grants are generally awarded based on financial eligibility. Grants can come from many sources such as the federal and state government.
|Pell||Awarded to undergraduates. Grant is based on student’s financial need.
*Pell has a lifetime limit. A student cannot exceed the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters.
*Pell counts any previous semesters used at another institution.
|The amount changes each year. Currently for 2020-2021, $671 – $6,345 per year.
|Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)||Awarded to undergraduates based on “exceptional” financial need.||The amount changes each year. Currently for 2020-2021, $200 – $1,300.|
New York State Grant
|Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
|Based on Financial Need.
*TAP has a lifetime limit. An Associate’s Degree/Certificate student cannot exceed 6 semesters. A Bachelor’s Degree student cannot exceed 8 semesters.
*TAP counts any previous semesters used at another institution.
|Currently for 2020-2021, $500 – $5,165 per year.
The two major sources are the Federal Pell program and the State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Please note: anyone convicted and having completed incarceration for a forcible or non-forcible sexual offense is ineligible to receive a Federal Pell grant.
This grant is determined by the financial aid counselor and is based on your economic need. It generally amounts to $500 – $1,500 annually.