New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The TAP program is funded by New York State for residents who are enrolled full-time during the academic year and at least half-time during summer. Awards range from $500 to $5,000 and are based on a family's New York State net taxable income.
Federal Pell Grant Program
Federal Pell Grants are awarded based on demonstrated federal need as determined by the FAFSA form. Awards range from $550 to $5,550. Full and part-time students are eligible for Pell with a prorated amount used for part-time students.
New York Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
To qualify for this program a student must be a NY State resident and be economically and educationally disadvantaged. Union has a similar program for non-New York residents (AOP). Need is met through a combination of state, federal, and institutional funds.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
Federal grants ranging from $1000 to $4000 offered to the neediest students who are also Pell recipients. Full and part-time students are eligible for SEOG.
Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)
This program is for first-year and sophomore students who have completed a rigorous program of study in high school.
Federal Smart Grants
These grants are for juniors and seniors who are majoring in certain areas as defined by the Department of Education. Like the ACG program, recipients must be Pell eligible.
Other State Grant Programs
Vermont and Rhode Island have transferable grant programs for their residents. The amounts vary and are usually based on need. Contact your state higher education assistance office for information.