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New York State Student Aid

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The Excelsior Scholarship 

Undergraduates may apply for the Excelsior scholarship for the fall and spring semesters, and may receive an award for up to four years of study (eight semesters).

Excelsior Scholarship eligibility

  • The Excelsior Scholarship is available to New York State residents who, to qualify for the 2018-19 aid year, must have a combined federal adjusted gross income of $110,000 or less. 
  • In order to maintain eligibility, students are required to be enrolled in 12 degree applicable credits per term and complete at least 30 degree applicable credits each year.
  • Students and families are strongly encouraged to read and understand all of the regulations associated with the Excelsior Scholarship eligibility requirements. To review all eligibility requirements, visit the HESC Excelsior Scholarship webpage.

How to apply for the Excelsior Scholarship

  • The 2018-19 NYS Excelsior Scholarship application is now closed.  Current recipients do not need to complete a new application but must complete the NYS Student Aid Payment application in subsequent years.   

How does the Excelsior Scholarship work?

  • If all initial eligibility requirements are met, you will receive an Excelsior Scholarship award up to the cost of tuition, minus other  grants and scholarships, including  TAP/SUNY Tuition Credit award and/or the federal Pell grant.
  • The Excelsior Scholarship will credit your semester bill and is certified at the end of each semester based on the successful completion of credit requirements.
  • If your Excelsior Scholarship award is not certified, you will be notified with the reason. You will also no longer receive credit on your bill for the Excelsior Scholarship, which will create an account balance. Please contact Student Accounts to resolve any outstanding balance that may have resulted.

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Undergraduates may apply for TAP for the summer, fall, and spring semesters, and may receive TAP for up to four years of study (eight semesters). Binghamton University's TAP code is 0880.

TAP provides undergraduate students who are residents of New York State and meet financial and academic criteria with grants from $500 to $5,165 per academic year. Limits for minimum and maximum awards are determined by the New York State Legislature. Click here for TAP estimator.

TAP eligibility

  • New York State resident and either a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee and meet income guidelines
  • Have graduated from a high school in the United States, or earned a high school equivalency 

*For students who have graduated from a high school outside of the United States, click here for more information about establishing TAP eligibility.

  • Be a matriculated undergraduate student with full-time enrollment in a degree program
  • Demonstrate satisfactory academic progress
  • Meet degree applicability requirements each semester. For information about these requirements, visit our webpage here.

How to apply for TAP

• Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

• After completing your FAFSA, immediately start your NYS Student Aid Payment application.

• If you miss the state application link after finishing the FAFSA, you will receive an e-mail from NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) directing you to complete the application here.

• You must complete an application for New York state student aid every year in which you wish to receive payment for any state grants and/or scholarships.

Read complete details about applying for TAP

How does TAP work?

  • TAP is awarded for the academic year, but is certified every semester based on the successful completion of the prior semester’s requirements, including completed credit hours and GPA. Additionally, you must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits that are ALL applicable to your degree requirements or declared major. For more information about degree applicability and state aid eligibility requirements, visit our TAP eligibility page here.
  • Every semester, if awarded, an actual TAP will show as a credit on the bill, viewable on QuikPay. However, in order for the TAP funds to pay, your eligibility must be certified by the institution every semester. This typically occurs around the 5th week of classes.
  • If your TAP is certified and you are owed a refund, you will receive an e-mail from Student Accounts indicating that your TAP funds have been received and your refund is available. This typically occurs around the 6th week of classes every semester after certification is complete.
  • If your TAP is not certified, you will be notified. You will also no longer receive credit on your bill for TAP, which may create an account balance. If you have questions regarding why you were decertified, please contact our office. Otherwise, you will have to contact Student Accounts to resolve any outstanding account balance that may have resulted.
  • For specific eligibility requirements, including how many credits a student must successfully complete in the prior semester and more information about degree applicible credits, visit our TAP eligibility page: https://www.binghamton.edu/financial-aid/services/academic-progress/undergrad-nys-academic-progress.html

SUNY TUITION CREDIT

  • TAP eligible students are also eligible to receive a SUNY Tuition Credit award to offset tuition charges. This award is calculated and based on the level of a student's TAP award.

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

What is APTS?
APTS is a New York state grant program for students pursuing an undergraduate degree on a part-time basis.

How much aid is available?
Eligible undergraduate students can receive up to $2,000 per year to assist in paying tuition expenses.

Who’s eligible?
To be eligible for APTS, New York state requires you to:

  • Be a matriculated undergraduate student (enrolled in a degree granting major at Binghamton University)
  • Be a New York state resident
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be enrolled for at least 3 but not more than 11 undergraduate credits per semester
  • Have tuition charges of at least $100 that are not paid or reimbursed by an employer or other tuition scholarship
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Meet the NYS Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
  • Not be in default of a Federal Education Loan

Students must also meet the following income guidelines:

  • If you were claimed as a tax dependent by your parents, your combined NYS net taxable income for you and your parents cannot exceed $50,550.
  • If you were not claimed as a tax dependent by your parents, your NYS net taxable income for you (and your spouse) cannot exceed $34,250.
  • If you were not claimed as a tax dependent by your parents and you claim dependent children, your NYS net taxable income for you (and your spouse) cannot exceed $50,550.

How to apply:

  •  Complete an APTS application for the aid year in which you are applying
  • Attach a signed copy of your New York state tax return (i.e. NYS IT-150 or NYS IT-201)
  • Dependent students must also submit a signed copy of parent(s) New York State tax return.
  • Submit all information to Financial Aid Services prior to the University’s deadline listed on the application.

New York State Scholarships

New York State students may be eligible for a variety of scholarship and award programs to help pay for college. Click here to learn about eligibility requirements and application information.

There are several types of New York state scholarships and awards administered by Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) and the New York State Education Department:

New York state scholarships, such as the World Trade Center Scholarship, must also be certified each semester.

Once certified, New York state scholarships will disburse around the same time as other New York state aid, typically around the 6th week of classes. If you are owed a refund, you will receive an e-mail from Student Accounts indicating that your New York state scholarship funds have been received and your refund is available.  Alternatively, students who lose their scholarship eligibility will be notified.

If you have been awarded one of the above scholarships, you must complete the New York State Student Aid Payment Application. This application must be completed for every year in which you wish to receive payment for a New York state scholarship and/or award.

Last Updated: 8/20/18