Scholarships, Grants & Self-Help Aid

Scholarships, Grants & Self-Help Aid

NOTE: To complete your 2017-2018 FAFSA, you will need to manually input your 2015 federal tax information. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool is not available. More information at

Scholarships and grants are financial aid awards that do not have to be repaid. The most common sources of gift aid include:

NYIT Scholarships

Through the generosity of trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends, NYIT provides a variety of academic scholarships and grants awarded to undergraduate and graduate U.S. and international students on the basis of academic achievement or high scholastic potential. If you have been awarded an institutional scholarship, it will appear in your acceptance package and will also be included in your financial aid package.

To Apply: We will automatically review your application for these scholarships. No separate application is necessary.

Federal Pell Grant

A need-based grant awarded by the federal government to low-income students pursuing a first bachelor’s degree and to certain post-baccalaureate programs leading to teacher certification or licensure. Pell Grants are administered on a year-round basis, including summer terms provided the student meets all eligibility requirements. The maximum award changes yearly. Please keep in mind that if NYIT receives notification from the U.S. Department of Education that a Federal Pell Grant applicant has reached, or is close to the lifetime maximum award, NYIT will notify you and adjust all awards as necessary.

To Apply: Fill out the FAFSA.

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

A need-based grant program administered by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation. TAP grants are available to New York State residents enrolled in a full-time undergraduate degree program at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State. Awards are based on New York State taxable income.

Part-time TAP awards are available to New York State residents attending eligible New York State postsecondary institutions on a part-time basis. Eligibility is based on income and academic standing.

To Apply: Complete your FAFSA online, then link directly from your FAFSA confirmation page to apply for TAP.

NYIT’s TAP Codes: Undergraduate: 2120 | Graduate: 5455.
While graduate students cannot receive TAP, they may be eligible for other state aid, which requires a TAP code. Veteran students can apply for veteran state aid, and will need this code.

New York State Enhanced Tuition Awards

The New York State 2017 budget included a new financial aid program for students who attend private colleges starting for the fall 2017 semester. Enhanced Tuition Awards (ETA) are available for resident students enrolled in a private college in New York State. Like many other colleges and universities, NYIT is currently evaluating the ETA program with students in mind, including the institutional and student restrictions and obligations for the program.

The maximum ETA awards consist of up to $6,000 per year composed of New York State TAP, New York State ETA award, and a matching institutional ETA contribution by the college or university who has opted in.

The ETA program is limited, as it is funded by only $19 million dollars from the NYS budget. Based on the current information provided by New York State, NYIT understands that priority consideration will be given to currently enrolled students across the state, rather than new freshmen. If there are more eligible students than available funding, recipients will be selected by a lottery-based system. Therefore, many eligible students may not receive an award. In addition, there are state residency and work restrictions, and if not all criteria are met the ETA may convert to a loan.

NYIT continues to offer generous merit scholarships, grants, and aid to our undergraduate population, including incoming and current students. NYIT scholarships and grants are offered without residency or work restrictions or the threat of loan conversion. NYIT is committed to providing access to education to all qualified students.

View frequently asked questions about the program on the HESC website.

Aid for Part-time Study (APTS)

This awards up to $2,000 per year to New York State residents for part-time undergraduate study at participating institutions in New York State.

Eligible part-time students must be enrolled for at least three but fewer than 12 credits. Eligibility is determined based on New York State net taxable income from the preceding calendar year. Funding is limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

To Apply: Contact the Office of Financial Aid to obtain an APTS application or retrieve the application from our list of forms.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

This is awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate the greatest financial need–students with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Federal Pell Grant recipients receive priority consideration for FSEOG awards.

To Apply: Fill out the FAFSA.

Private Scholarships

Thousands of scholarships and grants are available through private local, regional, and national sources including your high school, employers, corporations, service organizations, religious organizations, and more. Consult the list of scholarships, suggested by NYIT, which are sortable by school, program, and general scholarships. You’ll need to promptly report any scholarships or grants you receive from sources outside of NYIT to the Office of Financial Aid.

To Apply: Follow the eligibility guidelines and instructions provided by each scholarship sponsor.

Graduate Assistantships

NYIT offers a number of graduate assistantships to students enrolled in our graduate degree programs that provide partial or total tuition remission in exchange for a specific number of hours of service to your department per week.

To Apply: Contact the director of the program in which you plan to apply to find out if there are assistantships available and what is required.

Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) program provides part-time employment while you are enrolled in school and helps pay your educational expenses. You can indicate that you’re interested in FWS by noting it on your FAFSA. Eligibility is determined by your federal need, which is calculated from your FAFSA. If you are eligible and accept FWS, please be aware that hourly wages are paid directly to you and cannot be directly applied against institutional charges. We strongly recommend that you get started in your job search as soon as possible once you arrive on campus. More than 500 students seek work-study employment each year. Contact the Office of Student Employment to get started.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008. The program provides for an agreement between NYIT and the Veteran Administration to award a limited number of scholarships to qualified VA students to fund tuition and fees that exceed benefits available under the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33). Under the agreement VA will match NYIT’s scholarship contribution.

For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant (IASG)

The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant objective is to provide eligible veteran's dependent undergraduate postsecondary students with non-need based grant assistance to help meet educational expenses. Students must complete a "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" and submits it to the processing agency specified on the form. The Department of Education calculates the student's financial eligibility for assistance and returns a notification to the student of his or her eligibility for assistance. The student submits this notification to the institution of his or her choice in order to have his or her award calculated. For more information about this grant, eligibility requirements, and application and award processes, please review the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance website.

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCESS - VR) (Formerly VESID)

The mission of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCESS - VR) is to promote educational equity and excellence for students with disabilities while ensuring that they receive the rights and protection to which they are entitled; assure appropriate continuity between the child and adult services systems; and provide the highest quality vocational, rehabilitation, and independent living services to all eligible persons as quickly as those services are required to enable them to work and live independent, self-directed lives.

To Apply: Complete the application.

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