State Aid


Veterans Tuition Awards

Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) are awards for full-time study and part-time study for eligible veterans matriculated at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State.

NOTE: Students previously approved for this award must apply for payment each year. Those students attending a vocational school or who are attending an approved undergraduate or graduate program part-time may apply for payment for the current academic year by completing the supplement. See How to Apply for Payment below for additional details.

Award Amounts

  • For full-time study, a recipient shall receive an award of up to the full cost of undergraduate tuition for New York state residents at the State University of New York, or actual tuition charged, whichever is less. Full-time study is defined as twelve or more credits per semester (or the equivalent) at a degree-granting institution, or twenty-four or more hours per week in a vocational training program.
  • For part-time study, awards will be prorated by credit hour. Part-time study is defined as at least three but fewer than twelve credits per semester (or the equivalent) at a degree-granting institution, or six to twenty-three hours per week in a vocational training program.
2012-2013 Awards
For the 2012 – 2013 Academic year awards will be set at $5,595.00 or tuition, whichever is less. If a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award is also received the combined academic year award cannot exceed tuition. Thus , the TAP award may be reduced accordingly. NOTE: Tuition payments received by a veteran under the Chapter 33 program and Yellow Ribbon component will be considered duplicative of any VTA award students may have received. However, Payments received  under the Montgomery GI Bill do not duplicate the VTA award.
 
Combined tuition benefits available to a student cannot exceed the actual tuition. Students attending high tuition schools may be eligible to receive both the Federal and State benefits. Additionally , students whose “Percentage of Maximum Benefit payable“ under the Chapter 33 Program is less than 100% of tuition may also receive both Federal and State benefits.
 
 All applications must be completed by June 30 of the Academic year for which the award is sought.

 

Duration

Full-time Study

  • Undergraduate Degree-Granting Programs - Awards are available for up to eight semesters (four years) of undergraduate study. Awards can be made available for up to semesters of undergraduate study for enrollment in an approved five-year program or for enrollment in an approved program of remedial study.
  • Graduate Degree-Granting Programs - Awards are available for up to six semesters (three years) of graduate study.
  • Vocational Training Programs - Awards are available for up to a maximum of four semesters (two years) of study in an approved vocational training program.

Part-time Study

  • Undergraduate Degree-Granting Programs - Awards are available for up to the equivalent of eight semesters (four years) of full-time undergraduate study in a four-year program. Awards can be made available for up to the equivalent of ten semesters (five years) of full-time study for enrollment in an approved five-year undergraduate program which normally requires five academic years of full-time study.
  • Graduate Degree-Granting Programs - Awards are available for up to the equivalent of six semesters (three years) of part-time graduate study.
  • Vocational Training Programs - Awards are available for up to a maximum of eight semesters (four years) of part-time study in an approved vocational training program.

Approved programs are defined as undergraduate degree, graduate degree, diploma, and certificate programs at degree-granting institutions, or noncredit vocational training programs of at least 320 clock hours specifically approved by the New York State Division of Veteran's Affairs' Bureau of Veterans Education.

Eligible Veterans

Eligible students are those who are New York State residents discharged under honorable conditions from the U.S. Armed forces and who are:

  • Vietnam Veterans who served in Indochina between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.
  • Persian Gulf Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf on or after August 2, 1990.
  • Afghanistan Veterans who served in Afghanistan during hostilities on or after September 11, 2001.
  • Veterans of the armed forces of the United States who served in hostilities that occurred after February 28, 1961 as evidenced by receipt of an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal or a Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal.

These students must also:

  • Establish eligibility by applying to HESC.
  • Be New York State residents.
  • Be US Citizens or eligible noncitizens.
  • Be matriculated full or part- time at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution in New York State or in an approved vocational training program in New York State.
  • Have applied for the Tuition Assistance Program for full-time undergraduate or graduate study.

How to Establish Eligibility

Complete the New York State Veterans Tuition Award Supplement or contact HESC. Be sure to print the Web Supplement Confirmation, sign and return it along with the required documentation according to the instructions.

Questions regarding eligible service or how to document service should be directed to the HESC Scholarship Unit at 1-888-697-4372.

How to Apply for Payment

Once you have established your eligibility, you must apply for payment. While you need only establish your eligibility once, you must apply for payment each year.

Apply for payment as follows:

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Full-time Study - Apply for payment by doing one of the following:
    1. Apply online by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) — the form used by virtually all colleges, universities and vocational schools for awarding federal student aid and most state and college aid — and then linking to the TAP on the Web application, or
    2. For veterans who do not anticipate filing a FAFSA, complete a Scholarship Grant Payment Application. For a copy of the application call HESC at 1-888-697-4372.
  • Undergraduate Part-time Study - Complete only the Veterans Tuition Award Supplement.
  • Graduate Part-time Study - Complete only the Veterans Tuition Award Supplement.
  • Vocational Training Program - Complete only the Veterans Tuition Award Supplement.

Applications must be completed by May 1, 2009 for awards for the 2008-09 academic year.

To learn more about the Veterans Tuition Award, visit the HESC VTA website.


Tuition Benefit for Active New York State National Guard Members

The New York State Recruitment Incentive & Retention Program is available for active members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, and the New York Naval Militia. This program provides tuition assistance for active service members enrolled in a first-degree program of study. The award covers tuition after all other financial aid has been applied to the tuition charges. Students must apply for federal aid, using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and state aid, using the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). In addition, students must file a DMNA 96-1 form, which can be obtained from their individual National Guard unit. Deadlines are enforced, so paperwork should be completed in advance and time should be allotted for corrections. Continuation of the award will depend on good military standing, satisfactory progress towards the degree, and maintenance of good academic standing for financial aid purposes. Questions may be directed to the individual's unit or the Division of Military and Naval Affairs' Education Services Office (e-mail: education@ny.ngb.army.mil or phone: (518) 272-6349).


New York Army National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance Program (ARNG FTA) (Formerly the ACES Program)

New York Army National Guard Federal Tuition Assistance (ARNG FTA) can be applied to a course or program taken at a nationally or regionally accredited, public or private, college, university, vocational, technical or trade school located inside or outside of New York.

While not a veterans program, funding is available to New York ARNG soldiers. 

The ARNG FTA can pay tuition costs of:

  • $250.00 per semester hour
  • $167.00 per quarter hour
  • $16.66 per clock hour

The Program can also pay for mandatory fees associated with enrollment. For example: Activity fees, lab fees, culinary fees, etc. This does not include parking fees, credit evaluations, transcript fees, textbook or medical services.

The total amount of ARNG FTA (including qualifying fees) for each Soldier can not exceed $4,500.00 within a fiscal year (1 Oct - 30 September).

The ARNG FTA program may also fund clock hours for vocational and technical training courses and certificates offered by non-degree-granting, accredited, institutions . A formula is used to convert the clock hours to credit hours and then a semester hour spending cap is applied.

Soldiers pursuing a first professional degree may apply for ARNG FTA. First professional degrees are awarded in the fields of Architecture, Certified Public Accountant, Podiatry (D.P.M.), Dentistry (D.D.S. or D.M.D.), Medicine (M.D.), Optometry (O.D.), Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), Pharmacy (D. Phar.), Law (J.D.), and Theology (M. Div. or M.H.L.).

Doctoral programs cannot be funderal by ARNG FTA.

Similar funding is available for Army Reserve soldiers through their unit's chain of command.

How to Apply

To apply for ARNG Federal TA, Soldiers must submit an application through virtualarmory.com, prior to the start of their course. When the education office receives the FTA application, an e-mail will be sent to the Soldier's AKO account to confirm receipt. The Soldier will receive another e-mail once the application is processed.

The approved FTA application will then be e-mailed or faxed directly to the school. The school will bill the education office and payment will be made directly to the school. It is the Soldier's responsibility to follow the directions provided by the Education Services Office staff.

Any changes to an approved FTA application (course information, school information or start/end dates) must be submitted in writing to the Education Services Office. Any invoice from the college/university that does not match the approved FTA application will not be processed for payment. The Soldier will be liable for any tuition incurred for courses that have not been approved by the Education Services Officer.

Using ARNG FTA and Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits (MGIB) for the same courses

Students taking 6 or more credits at the same time (usually the equivalent of two courses) AND who are eligible to receive Selected Reserve- Montgomery G.I. Bill benefits, may receive ARNG FTA and MGIB benefits for the same course. However, the amount of FTA that a student can receive annually will be reduced as follows:

  • Students who are eligible to receive Selected Reserve- MGIB benefits can receive up to $2,500 in FTA each year.
  • Veterans who are eligible to receive both Selected Reserve- MGIB benefits and MGIB Kicker Program benefits may receive up to $1,500 in FTA each year.
  • Veterans who are NOT eligible for MGIB programs may receive up to $4,500 in FTA each year.

Veterans taking 6 or more credits at the same time, who are interested in combining ARNG FTA and MGIB benefits for the same courses, must inform the DMNA Education Services Office (e-mail: education@ny.ngb.army.mil or phone: (518) 272-6349) of their intentions at the time of application for ARNG FTA funding.

The viability of the ARNG FTA program hinges upon the amount of funds provided to the New York Army National Guard by National Guard Bureau each fiscal year. Therefore, it is not guaranteed that a Soldier will receive tuition assistance under this program. 


Regents Award for Children Of Deceased or Disabled Veterans

The Child of Veterans Award is a financial aid program for students whose parent(s) served in the U.S. Armed Forces during specified periods of war or national emergency and, as a result of service, died or suffered a 40% or more disability, is classified as missing in action, or was a prisoner of war. The veteran must currently be a New York State resident or have been a New York State resident at the time of death, if death occurred during or as a result of service.

Child of Veterans Award recipients may receive up to $450 each year without consideration of income or tuition cost. The tuition award may be granted for 4 years of full-time undergraduate study (or for 5 years in an approved 5-year baccalaureate degree program). The combined Child of Veterans Award and New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) can never exceed the tuition charges. A special application for the Child of Veteran Award must be filed with the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC). Applications may also be obtained by contacting the Higher Education Services Corporation's Scholarship Unit at 1-888-697-4372. Documentary evidence to establish eligibility is required with the application. For additional information, visit the NYS HESC Regents Award for Children Of Deceased or Disabled Veterans page.


Military Service Recognition Scholarship (formerly War on Terrorism Scholarship)

Provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of those who, while New York State residents in service in the Armed Forces of the United States or State organized militia, any time on or after Aug. 2, 1990, died, became severely and permanently disabled, or were classified as missing in action in a combat zone while engaged in hostilities or training for hostilities. The scholarship, along with the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grant, provides full tuition at CUNY. The award is available for up to four years of undergraduate study (five years for certain five-year programs).

To qualify, students must provide the following documentation from the Department of Defense: (1) notification that the parent or spouse was killed in a combat zone that was part of the war on terrorism, or related action as part of Operation Enduring Freedom; (2) proof that the parent or spouse killed was a New York State resident at the time of military service.

Applicants must also submit either a birth certificate or a marriage certificate documenting their relationship to the deceased service member. All recipients of the scholarship are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and must also apply for TAP. Contact your college's veterans affairs representative for more information. To apply, visit the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation.


New York State 4/03 Support For Military Families

The New York State 4/03 Support For Military Families Programs are officially sanctioned National Guard volunteer organizations that provide families with information, education and a support network, especially during periods of separation.