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State Grants and Scholarships

New York State Grants & Scholarships

New York State's Excelsior Scholarship 

The application for the Spring 2021 scholarship has closed. To be notified when the next application opens, you can submit your email on the Excelsior Scholarship page on the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website. For additional information, you may go to  Excelsior FAQs

If you are a current Excelsior Scholarship recipient, you do not have to complete this application again. If you are not a current Excelsior recipient or you are applying for Excelsior Scholarship for the first time, you must:

  • Be a New York State Resident
  • Complete the FAFSA application for each academic year.
  • Complete the TAP application for each academic year. New York State (NYS) residents attending NYS schools can link directly to the TAP Application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page.
  • Have a combined household adjusted gross income of $125,000 or less for the tax year used on the FAFSA.
A New York State Excelsior Scholarship award will be full tuition (excluding fees) minus any amounts received for TAP, Pell, other grants or scholarships.
To determine if you qualify for the New York State Excelsior Scholarship, please go to the  Excelsior Scholarship Program.  

NYS Dream Act Excelsior applicants can also determine their eligibility online for the Excelsior Scholarship Program.

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 are eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).  NYS Dream Act TAP applicants can also determine their eligibility online on the HESC website. Full-time for TAP means you are registered for a minimum of 12 required credits in your degree program.

  • New York State (NYS) residents attending NYS schools can link directly to the TAP Application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page.
  • If you exited the FAFSA before you could complete the TAP application, HESC will automatically receive your information in about three days, if you filled in your New York State address and a New York State college on your FAFSA. HESC will send you an email or postcard with directions for you to complete the TAP application online.

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

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

Fashion Inst of Tech Lower Division (all Associates Degree students) - 2070
Fashion Inst of Tech Upper Division (all Bachelor's Degree students) - 0975

In order to be eligible to receive TAP,  students must complete a minimum number of credits each term in a registered or otherwise approved program with a minimum GPA and accumulate enough credits to graduate with an associate degree within a maximum of six semesters of aid, and a bachelor's degree in eight semesters of aid.

Full-time eligibility requirements involve three factors:

  1. Satisfactory academic progress
  2. Program pursuit in the previous TAP semester
  3. A minimum of 12 credits fulfilling requirements for your current degree program.

    If you fail to meet satisfactory progress or program pursuit, the regulations allow for one waiver during your undergraduate career, if there was an extenuating circumstance. The waiver will become part of your records and you are expected to make satisfactory progress thereafter. The waiver is not automatically given and you must apply and be approved.

    More detailed information and waiver forms are available at Financial Aid Services, Dubinsky Student Center, A212A. TAP eligibility requirements are subject to change based on New York State legislation.

For more information on Satisfactory Academic Progress for TAP students:

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.

The Senator José Peralta New York State DREAM Act Application:

Please visit the HESC website at hesc.ny.gov\dream to view the eligibility requirements for applying under the DREAM Act. 

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 at NASFAA State Financial Aid Programs.