New York State Scholarships (TAP)

New York State Grants, Scholarships and Awards

Grants, scholarships and awards do not have to be paid back. You should always explore the "free money" opportunities available to you before taking out a student loan.

New York State students may be eligible for a variety of State grant, scholarship and award programs to help pay for college. Most of the NYS scholarships are administered by the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).

 New York State Grants, Scholarships and Awards include:

  • Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
  • NYS Math & Science Teaching Incentive Scholarship
  • NYS Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarships
  • Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA)

Please refer to the HESC website for a complete list of NYS programs:

PLEASE NOTE: The only New York State Scholarship available to graduate students is the Veterans Tuition Awards.  Graduate students are not currently eligible for TAP.

 General Student Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for NYS scholarships, a student must satisfy several requirements. Initially, students are approved or rejected for an award based on information submitted on the application. Approval for an award is tentative and is based on an assumption that information on the application is correct and that the student will meet all other required eligibility criteria. Final approval for an award is contingent upon institutional certification of student eligibility.

The following is a summary of student eligibility criteria. It is the student’s responsibility to understand the criteria and take the necessary steps to maintain eligibility. Click on the link for more information about each requirement.

Individual scholarships may have additional requirements Please refer to the HESC website for a complete description of each scholarship.