The government pays billions of dollars each year to help students to go to college, and they often do that in the form of a student grant. A student grant usually goes straight to the college and does not have to be paid back.

Federal Pell Grant

A federal grant to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. To determine if you are eligible, apply on the FAFSA website. The maximum Pell Grant for 2016-17 is $5815 (for full-time students). Part-time students receive a lesser amount. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the student's enrollment status determine the amount of the award. Students must meet all eligibility criteria to be eligible.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

A federal grant for undergraduates with exceptional financial need - students with the lowest EFC's who demonstrate financial need and who receive Federal Pell Grants. Funds are limited, so students should apply by the priority deadline (May 15 for Fall and November 15 for Spring).

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

A New York State grant for full-time students who are residents of NYS and meet all eligibility criteria. Students must complete and send the Express TAP Application (ETA) either online (after the completion of the online FAFSA) or by mail. Awards for 2016-17* may range from $500 - $4230 per year based on 2015 NYS income tax information.

* Depends on the NYS budget.

New York State Aid for Part-time Study (APTS)

A New York State grant for part-time matriculated students taking at least 3 college credits. APTS applications are available by clicking here, or at the Financial Aid Office. Fall 2016 application deadline is Friday, August 5, 2016 and the Spring 2017 application deadline is Friday, January 6, 2017. Award amounts are determined by enrollment and funds available. Students must meet all eligibility.

New York State Educational Opportunity Grant (EOP)

SUNY Ulster's Educational Opportunity Program provides academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for mastering college-level work. Offered primarily to full-time students who are New York State residents, EOP accepts students who qualify academically and financially for the program.

To be eligible for admission to EOP, a student must be

  • A New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment
  • Demonstrate potential for completing a college program
  • In need of financial assistance within established income guidelines.

In selecting students for the program, priority is given to full-time applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. If in the year prior to enrollment a family's income falls within EOP guidelines due to unemployment, separation, divorce or death of a parent, etc. a student may qualify for EOP.

Required Records
As part of the EOP admission process, high school records and test scores will be reviewed. This information will help the EOP counselors evaluate a student's potential for success in a college program.

Support Services
EOP students receive special services regarding tutoring, academic, career, and personal counseling.

Transfer student may be eligible for EOP if they were enrolled in EOP, HEOP, College Discovery, SEEK, or a similar program at a previous college. Students must have prior college(s) complete EOP Transfer Forms.

Income Guidelines
The table below lists financial eligibility requirements for EOP admission during the 2016-2017 academic year. To be economically disadvantaged, a student must belong to a household with a total income as defined below, or meet at least one of the exceptions as noted in the Exceptions ro Economic Guidelines below.

EOP Financial Eligibility

(including head of household)
1 $21,978
2 $29,637
3 $37,296
4 $44,955
5 $52,614
6 $60,273
7 $67,951
8 $75,647

* For each additional family member add $7,696. 

Exceptions to Income Guidelines

  • The student's family is the recipient of Family Assistance or Safety Net payments through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; through a county Department of Social Services; or Family Day Care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Assistance
  • The student lives with foster parents who do not provide support for college and the student's natural parents provide no such support;
  • The student is a ward of the state or county.





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