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Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
113 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 470-6706
(315) 470-4734 (Fax)

SUNY-ESF Federal School Code: 002851

 · Undergraduate-0950
 · Graduate-5555

New York State Grant and Scholarship Programs

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP Grants, available to residents of New York State, range from $500 to $5,000, depending upon the student's level of study and the family's taxable income.  The Financial Aid Office estimates each student's TAP amount in the Award Notification Letter.  Actual TAP amounts will be updated following processing of an Express TAP Application by the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).  TAP awards can not be credited to student accounts until ESF has been notified of actual award amounts by the state.

TAP Grants must be applied to eligible tuition costs.  It is possible that other tuition-specific awards could affect the amount of TAP awarded.

Students are encouraged to use the online TAP form (ETA) to apply for a Grant.  The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed before the ETA can be submitted.  If using the online FAFSA application, students should follow the link to the TAP application on the confirmation page.  Students using the paper FAFSA or applicants who do not use the FAFSA link must wait until the FAFSA has been processed by the Federal Government.  Once processed FAFSA results are available, the online TAP application can be accessed at  Students who do not use the online application will receive a paper version in the mail.

Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)

Financial assistance and program counseling are provided by New York State for individuals with disabilities.  Additional information is available through the regional VESID offices.

College training is academic training leading to a degree given on a postsecondary level at a college, business college or university. It also applies to certificate programs that are eligible for TAP and Pell support and for which consumers are matriculated at the college. It includes courses conducted by an accredited university, college, junior or community college, correspondence study, or distance learning. This includes public, independent, and proprietary colleges and universities.

VESID may assist in supporting college training when required for eligible individuals to achieve quality employment outcomes consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice (employment factors). College training may be provided with VESID support only when the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) establishes a specific employment goal requiring this level of training. College training may involve enrollment in full or part-time study with attendance during day or evening sessions.  (VESID Policy from here).  Students should work directly with a VESID counselor to determine eligibility.

New York State Indian Aid Program

The New York State Education Department - School Improvement & Community Services - Regional administers the New York State Indian Aid Program, which provides funding for Native American students attending postsecondary schools.  Additional information about the program can be found here.  Interested students should complete an application, available here.

Other New York State Grants

Numerous other funding sources from New York State are administered by the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).  Please click the link above for a detailed list of all of these opportunities.

Last updated on January 10, 2010

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