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New York State Scholarships and Grants

Similar to many state governments or organizations, New York State sponsors a financial aid program for New York State residents. These Scholarship and Grant programs are for New York State residents only. You must be admitted to and enrolled in a matriculated degree program at Pace University to receive awards.

Special Application Procedures for New York State Awards

Students who wish to apply for TAP should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). While completing your FAFSA, you will be prompted to complete your online TAP application at the end of the FAFSA session. When your FAFSA is complete you will be asked to do the following:

  • Establish a HESC PIN (Personal Identification Number) for TAP.
  • You MUST establish your PIN in order to apply, keep track of your application information or make changes.
  • Information from your FAFSA and your family's calculated NYS net taxable income will be pre-filled on your application for TAP.

Applications for NYS TAP and scholarships should be made through the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYS HESC). Contact them at 1-(888)-NYS-HESC or visit the New York State HESC website for more information.

The TAP application deadline is June 30 of the academic year for which aid is sought.

  • Direct grants currently of up to $5,665 per year are made to full-time (12 new credits a semester) matriculated students who have resided in New York State for at least one year and are making Satisfactory Academic Progress toward their degree. Maximum usage is for eight semesters. The amount of the grant is determined by the amount of net taxable income reported on New York State income tax returns for the student and parents. Net taxable income equals gross income minus all exemptions and deductions. If more than one member of the student's family is attending a college or other approved school on a full-time basis, the net taxable income is reduced by $3,000 for the second family member and by $2,000 for each additional family member. The maximum net taxable income cut-off for first-time dependent and independent (married or with dependents) undergraduate recipients as of today is $80,000. The maximum net taxable income cut-off for Independent undergraduate students who are unmarried or have no tax dependents as of today is $10,000. NYS reserves the right to change their laws each year when they vote on the state budget.

  • Pace University is committed to making and keeping your education affordable and for that reason the university has elected to participate in the New York State Enhanced Tuition Award Program for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    Every year, Pace provides more than $182 million to students in the form of merit scholarships and financial aid, in addition to the State and Federal grants that are available. The Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA) Program enables New York State resident students to receive additional aid to attend Pace. Students must apply separately for the ETA. Students can receive up to $6,000 from the New York State TAP and ETA program combined. In addition, eligible students will not experience tuition increase in subsequent academic years, up to four years. ETA student recipients will receive notice from New York State that the University will match the ETA state award, however, the total ETA award amount includes the University amount.  Please be advised that the Pace match is already represented in the original institutional award package.  Therefore, once the ETA award is confirmed by the state, Pace University will need to reduce the institutional awards by half the amount of the ETA award.

    Eligibility and How to Apply

    In order to be eligible, students must be a New York State resident (for a minimum of twelve months prior to applying), have an adjusted family income of $125,000 or less and plan to complete at least 30 credits during the 12 month period beginning September 2020. In addition, students will be required to live and work in New York State following graduation for as many years that they received an ETA award.

    Enhanced Tuiton Award (ETA) application processing for 2021-2022 is now closed. Students who have submitted an application are currently being reviewed by New York State Higher Education. If it is determined that a student is eligible to receive an award for the 2021-2022 academic year, you will be notified via an updated Pace University award letter.

    If you would like to speak with a financial aid representative at Pace, please call (877) 672-1830 or email the Financial Aid Office.

  • New York State residents who are children of certain deceased and disabled veterans will receive $450 per year for attendance at institutions in New York State. Applications should be made through the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYS HESC). Contact them at 1-(888)-NYS-HESC or visit the New York State HESC website for more information.

  • Awards for full-time study are available to New York State residents who are children of deceased police officers, firefighters, or correction officers of New York State, or any of its municipalities, who died as a result of an injury sustained in the line of duty. Application may be made through the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYS HESC).  Contact them at 1-(888)-NYS-HESC or visit the New York State HESC website for more information.

  • Grants of up to $1,000 per semester are available to matriculated undergraduate students enrolled for 3 to 11 credits per semester. A 2.00 QPA is required, and eligibility is restricted to New York State residents. To qualify, the New York State Net Taxable Income must be less than $34,250 for independent students and $50,550 for dependent students and independent students with dependent children or other qualified dependents. Students must have financial need. NYS reserves the right to change their laws each year when they vote on the state budget. Students who file in the Fall will automatically be renewed for the Spring semester, if they continue to meet program requirements.

  • Enrolled members of New York State nations or tribes and their children who are New York State residents may obtain grants up to $1,750 a year for up to five years of attendance in an accredited college or university located in New York State. Application forms may be obtained from the Native American Indian Education Unit, New York State Education Department, Room 478 EBA, Albany, NY 12234.

  • This program provides financial assistance to help Vietnam Veterans, Persian Gulf Veterans and Afghanistan Veterans, studying on either a full-time or part-time basis, meet tuition charges. For full-time study, veterans are eligible for an award equal to the amount of undergraduate tuition for New York State residents charged by the State University of New York, or actual tuition charged, whichever is less.

    For part-time study, awards are prorated by credit hour. Part-time study for Veterans Tuition Awards is defined as at least three but fewer than twelve semester hours (or the equivalent) at degree-granting institutions.

  • New York State offers 220 Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarships for students enrolled in an approved program leading to a degree in one of the following areas at Pace University: accountancy (CPA), nurse practitioner, physical therapy, physician assistant, psychology (doctorate), law (JD) or social work (master's). Awards are restricted to full-time, matriculated New York State residents. Selection is limited to those who are economically disadvantaged and/or who are members of a minority group that is historically underrepresented in the chosen profession.

    The scholarship provides up to $5,000 annually based on gross income and cost of education. The total of the scholarship and any TAP award received may not exceed the cost of education. Scholarships may cover up to four years of study for a standard baccalaureate degree. Scholarship recipients must enter into an approved practice within New York State in the field of study for which the scholarship was granted. The service requirement is one year for each annual scholarship payment received.

    For additional information and application forms, write or call:

    NYS Education Department
    Bureau of HEOP/VATEA/Scholarships
    Education Building Addition
    Room 1071
    Albany, NY 12234
    Phone: (518) 486-1319