Enhanced Tuition Award Program

Enhanced Tuition Award Program for New York State

The 2017–2018 New York State (NYS) budget establishes the Enhanced Tuition Awards (ETA) program, which enables resident students attending private, degree-granting, not-for-profit colleges located in the state to receive financial assistance to complete their college degrees on time. ETA program recipients are eligible to receive $6,000 annual awards, beginning in the fall of 2017, through a combination of their Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award, ETA program award, and a match from their participating private college.

A recipient of an Enhanced Tuition Award may receive award payments for not more than two years of full-time undergraduate study in a program leading to an associate’s degree, or four years of full-time undergraduate study leading to a bachelor’s degree.

Recipients, upon program completion, must continue to live and work in New York State for the length of time equal to the length of time they received the award. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the conversion of the ETA award to a no-interest loan.


Who is eligible?

Students who:

  • Are a resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the term; be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • have either graduated from high school in the United States or earned a high school equivalency diploma;
  • For 2017–2018, have a family combined federal adjusted gross income of $100,000 or less;
  • Are pursuing an undergraduate degree
  • have not earned a prior associates or bachelor’s degree
  • enrolled in at least 12 credits per term and complete at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward his or her degree program;
  • if attended college prior to the 2017-18 academic year, have earned at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward his or her degree program prior to applying
  • are in a non-default status on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or on the repayment of any NYS award;
  • are in compliance with the terms of the service condition(s) imposed by a NYS award that you have previously received;
  • execute a Contract agreeing to reside in NYS for the length of time the award was received, and, if employed during such time, be employed in NYS.

How to apply?

Students can apply online at https://www.hesc.ny.gov/eta/

  • Current Application for the 2017-2018 Academic Year is currently active (Deadline: August 21, 2017).
  • Students will need to have their Student Aid Report (SAR) which is received when a valid FAFSA is completed
  • Copies of 2015 New York State income tax return(s) filed by student, parent, or spouse as applicable.

What determines the amount of the award?

Students can receive up to $6,000 through a combination of their TAP award, ETA award, and a match from the college. For example, a student who receives a $1,000 TAP award would receive an additional $5,000—half of which would be paid by the ETA and the other half by Trocaire College.


What are the requirements after degree completion?

Recipients must live in New York State for the number of years equal to awards received, and if working during those years, must work in New York State.

Failure to meet these requirements will result in the conversion of the ETA to a loan.