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State Grants and Scholarships

New York State's Excelsior Scholarship -  Academic Year 2018-2019

The Excelsior Scholarship application for the 2018 -2019 Academic year is available beginning March 26, 2018 and is due July 23, 2018. If you have already received the Excelsior Scholarship in the 2017-2018 academic year you do not need to apply as long as you applied for the TAP application.  There is a check box on the State Payment Application (TAP) which you should have completed after completing the 2018-2019 FAFSA. If you did not do so please go the the HESC website at hesc.ny.gov to complete the TAP application to insure your Excelsior scholarship application is renewed for the next academic year.

To be eligible for 2018-2019 financially, the combined federal adjusted gross income must be $110,000 or less. A New York State Excelsior Scholarship award will be free tuition minus any amounts received for TAP, Pell, other grants or scholarships.

To complete the application you will need to know:

  • Your Family Federal Adjusted Gross Income, as reported on line 19 of your 2016 New York State
    income tax return(s).
  • How many terms you attended college during your lifetime college experience, even if you did not
    complete the term.

To check your eligibility and the requirements you need to apply you can go to  the Excelsior Scholarship page. Additional information is online is at:

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Financially dependent students or independent students with dependents, who are legal residents of New York State, whose family's New York State net taxable income on their NYS Income Tax return is less than $80,000, and plan to be or are full-time (registered for a minimum of 12 required credits in your degree program) are eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

Awards range from a minimum of $250 up to full tuition (excluding fees) per semester. For more information about student eligibility and requirements you may go to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website to see Student Eligibility Information.

Part-time students will be considered for Part-time TAP awards or Aid for Part-Time Students Programs (APTS). Financial Aid Services will be able to determine which program part-time students are most eligible to receive.

Students can complete the application for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) after completing the FAFSA and accessing the  the link on the FAFSA Confirmation Page, or by clicking on TAP on the Web. Students who complete a paper FAFSA and list at least one New York State school will receive an Express TAP Application (ETA) in the mail from the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) which administers the state programs in New York. This form must be completed, signed, and returned directly to HESC for processing. Be sure that FIT's College Code is listed or you will not receive the funds at FIT.

FIT's New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Codes are:

Lower Division (all Associates Degree students) - 2070
Upper Division (all Bachelor's Degree students) - 0975

For additional information about TAP, including information about Satisfactory Academic Progress guidelines for TAP students, please visit Registrar - Tuition Assistance Program

Aid for Part-Time Students Program (APTS)
Part-time New York State students admitted to a degree-granting program and enrolled in required courses for 3 -11.5 credits may apply for the Aid for Part-Time Students Program (APTS) through Financial Aid Services. Students must complete the FAFSA as well as the appropriate forms for this program, which can be download from our Financial Aid Forms page and is also available from Financial Aid Services. For more information about APTS eligibility go to our page New York State Grants - FAQs.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Grant
Available to students who are legal residents of New York State who are educationally disadvantaged as indicated by their high school records and who meet the financial requirements established by the State. Admission to this program is coordinated by EOP, Admissions, and Financial Aid Services.

Other States
Some states have grant programs that enable a student to receive grant monies for out-of-state programs of study.  We suggest you check with your State Education Department to determine if you qualify for aid from your state of residency.  You may find links to your state on the U.S. Department of Education website.

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