What does it mean to be a “NYS resident” for purposes of receiving the Enhanced Tuition Award?
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.
How much can I receive from the Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA) Program?
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. 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.
When will I be able to apply for the Enhanced Tuition Award?
You can sign up for an email alert when the application is available on the HESC website here.
How much income can my family earn to be eligible for an Enhanced Tuition Award?
For the 2017-18 academic year, your household adjusted gross income can total up to $100,000 to be eligible. For 2018-19, that amount increases to $110,000, and beginning in 2019-20 and beyond, your family’s adjusted gross income can total up to $125,000.
Can I get an Enhanced Tuition Award if I'm currently going to Saint Rose?
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.
How long can I get the Enhanced Tuition Award?
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.
Do I need a certain grade point average to get or keep the Enhanced Tuition Award?
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.
Can I get an Enhanced Tuition Award if I'm a transfer student?
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.
Can I get an Enhanced Tuition Award if I'm a graduate student?
The Enhanced Tuition Award is only available for undergraduate students.
Can I get an Enhanced Tuition Award if I'm an international student?
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.
Once I receive the Enhanced Tuition Award, is it possible to lose it?
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.
If I completed my associate’s degree, can I receive the Enhanced Tuition Award to get my bachelor’s degree?
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.
Are there any other requirements that I must meet after I complete my degree?
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.
Do students with disabilities under the ADA need to complete 30 credits per year?
No. Students with disabilities under the ADA are allowed to attend on a part-time basis and their Enhanced Tuition Award will be prorated.