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At The College of Saint Rose, we are committed to affordability. That’s why 98 percent of our students receive financial aid — and the average institutional aid award for first-year students in 2018-19 was $20,600. It is also why we have opted to participate in the Enhanced Tuition Awards (ETA) for the third year. The tuition award, of up to $3,000 from New York State, is available for qualifying undergraduate NYS residents (who are selected by NYS Higher Education Services Corporation) enrolled in a private college in New York State.

The following answers to common ETA questions are provided by the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). The application is now available at the HESC website.

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If you have questions specific to The College of Saint Rose, contact Financial Aid at finaid@strose.edu or 518-458-5464.

Frequently Asked Questions

To be considered a NYS resident for purposes of receiving the Enhanced Tuition Award, you must have resided in the State for 12 continuous months prior to the term for which the award is being sought.

An Enhanced Tuition Award recipient can receive up to $6,000 through a combination of their TAP award, ETA award, and a match from their private college (up to $3,000 from New York State and up to $3,000 already included in your Saint Rose merit scholarship). For example, a student who receives a $1,000 TAP award would receive an additional $5,000 – half of which would be paid by the state for the ETA program and half by his or her college.*

*The match is already included in your Saint Rose merit scholarship

The application is available on the HESC website here.

For 2018-19, an applicant’s family must have a combined federal adjusted gross income of $125,000 or less;

Yes. Students who are currently attending Saint Rose are eligible to receive an Enhanced Tuition Award, provided they are currently on track to complete their degree on time.

You are eligible to get an Enhanced Tuition Award for up to two years for students pursuing an associate’s degree and up to four years for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Students in an undergraduate program of study normally requiring five years are eligible to receive the Enhanced Tuition Award for five years.

Award recipients need to earn a passing grade to maintain their Enhanced Tuition Awards, provided they earn a total of 30 credits over the course of a year.

Recipients should keep in mind that they may have other awards which also carry academic standards that differ from those required for the Enhanced Tuition Award.

A student who transferred between colleges is eligible for an Enhanced Tuition Award if they are on track to complete on time based on the number of credits accepted by their current college.

The Enhanced Tuition Award is only available for undergraduate students.

The Enhanced Tuition Award is only available to New York State residents who are US citizens or permanent residents. So, international students are not eligible to apply, even if they have lived in NYS for more than 12 consecutive months.

You can lose the Enhanced Tuition Award if you do not continue to meet all eligibility requirements. For example, you must enroll in at least 12 credits per term and complete 30 credits per year to continue to receive the scholarship.

Yes, provided the college that you are attending accepted all of the credits you earned in completing your associate’s degree, and meet all other requirements for the Enhanced Tuition Award.

Yes. You must live in New York State for the number of years equal to awards you received. For example, if you received four Enhanced Tuition Awards while getting your bachelor’s degree, you must live in New York State for four years after college. In addition, if you are working during those years, you must work in New York State.

Failure to meet these requirements will result in the conversion of your award to a loan.

No. Students with disabilities under the ADA are allowed to attend on a part-time basis and their Enhanced Tuition Award will be prorated.