There are three categories of federal student aid: grants, work-study, and loans. Grants are generally awarded based on financial eligibility. Grants can come from many sources such as the federal and state government.
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.
Federal and State Grants
|Type of Grant||Criteria||Available Amount|
|Federal Pell Grant||Awarded to undergraduates, the Pell grant is based on student’s financial need and has a lifetime limit. A student cannot exceed the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters. Pell counts any previous semesters used at another institution.||Current grant amount available for 2021-2022 is $672 – $6,495 per year. Changes yearly.|
|Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)||Awarded to undergraduates based on “exceptional” financial need.||Current grant amount available for 2021-2022 is $200 – $1,300. Changes yearly.|
|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.||Current grant amount available for 2021-2022 is $500 – $5,665 per year. Changes yearly.|