Grant money is awarded based on financial eligibility and does not have to be repaid. The following are the most common Grant programs available at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (CUNY SLU):

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)
  • Excelsior Scholarship
  • TAP (Tuition Assistance Program)
  • APTS (Aid for Part-Time Study)

Federal Pell Grant

This federal entitlement program was instituted to help undergraduate matriculated students meet the cost of their education. Pell grants are awarded to eligible students enrolled in a full-time program (12 or more credits). Reduced grants are available to students enrolled part-time. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Awards range from $326 to $3047.50 per semester. Students must apply each year.

Federal SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)

This federal grant is awarded to students who are enrolled at least half-time and demonstrate the greatest financial need. Awards are $200 per semester.

Excelsior Scholarship

The University is pleased to announce that the State of New York, under the leadership of Governor Cuomo and the legislature, is taking a bold step in addressing the cost of college education and student loan debt by launching the Excelsior Scholarship. This program is the first of its kind in the country. It will enable many New York State residents to attend a CUNY college tuition-free and establish a national model broadening access to higher education.

Recipients of this award must have a family income of $110,000 or less for the 2018-19 academic year, file the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) along with the TAP application, attend full-time, and complete 30 credits per year. Awardees must also agree to reside exclusively in New York State and not be employed in any other State for a continuous number of years equal to the duration of the award.

The Excelsior Scholarship will be applied to each qualifying student’s financial aid package after all other aid, including TAP, Pell, City Council Scholarship, college scholarships and other grants or scholarships are applied.

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provides grants to students to assist them in paying tuition. The TAP program is administered by the NY State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).

Regulations of both the Higher Education Services Corporation state (TAP/APTS) and federal programs require regular class participation. Financial aid regulations also require that students make satisfactory progress toward a degree. Students should be aware that all financial assistance awards are subject to student compliance with federal, state and/or college regulations concerning satisfactory academic progress and standing. Students dropping courses should refer to the financial aid guidelines for eligibility. Students on probation who make satisfactory progress will continue to be eligible for financial aid.

Eligibility

An applicant must:

  • be a legal resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen;
  • have graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma by passing a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) formally known as a GED, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department;
  • study at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State;
  • be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing with at least a “C” average as of the 4th semester payment
  • be enrolled as a full-time student taking twelve or more credits applicable toward the degree program, per semester;
  • be charged at least $200 tuition per year;
  • meet income eligibility limitations;
  • not be in default on any state or federal student loans and not be in default on any repayment of State awards;
  • be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a NYS award.

* Credit-bearing courses in the student’s minimum full-time course load (12 semester hours or the
equivalent) must consist of courses applicable to the student’s program of study as a general
education requirement, major requirement, or elective.

All federal undergraduate financial aid is limited to 150 percent of the credits required for the bachelor’s degree. Minimum standards of satisfactory progress for financial aid are indicated below.

To receive each TAP payment:

  • Credits counted must meet degree requirements as described in the Bulletin;
  • You must have completed a specific number of credits in the previous semester;
  • You must have accumulated a specific number of credits towards your degree;
  • You must maintain a specific minimum GPA (grade point average);
  • You must have declared a major by the time you complete 60 credits (If you are repeating a course in order to earn the “C” required for your major, your major must be noted in your academic records even if you have not yet completed 61 credits).

TAP Income Limits

Student Type NYS Taxable Income Limit
Dependent undergraduate students or Independent students who are married and have tax dependents, or Independent students who are unmarried and have tax dependents, or beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, students who qualify as an orphan, foster child or ward of the court $80,000
Independent undergraduate students who are married and have no other tax dependents $40,000
Single independent undergraduate students with no tax dependents $10,000

Continuing Students

Before Being Certified for This Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits 0 6 15 27 39 51 66 81 96 111
With At Least This Grade Point Average 0 1.5 1.8 1.8 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0

Repeated Courses

Repeated courses in which you have already received a passing grade cannot be included in meeting the TAP full-time study requirement. Repeated courses may be counted toward the full-time study requirement if:

  1. You repeat a course that you have previously failed;
  2. You repeat a course for additional credit;
  3. You received a passing grade this is unacceptable in a particular curriculum.

TAP Waivers

You may be granted a waiver of the TAP academic requirements once, as an undergraduate student and once, as a graduate student, with the strong expectation that you will meet all requirements in the future. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information about the procedure for applying for a waiver.

Additional information about the New York States Tuition Assistance Program can be found on CUNY’s New York State Grants website.

Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)

The Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) program provides grant assistance for eligible part-time students enrolled in approved undergraduate studies.

Application Form

To apply you must first complete the FAFSA. An APTS application must be obtained from the college the student will be attending. The student should complete the application, and return it to the college for processing as early as possible, as funds are limited.

Qualifying Program and Credits

You must be a matriculated student. For this program at CUNY part-time study means being enrolled for at least 6 but less than 12 credits per semester.

Resident Information

You must be a New York State resident.

Eligibility

To be considered for an APTS award students must:

  • be a legal resident of New York State and have resided in NYS for at least 12 continuous months prior to the start of the term;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen;
  • have graduated from a high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma by passing a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) formally known as a GED, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department
  • be enrolled as a part-time student;
  • be matriculated in an approved program of study in a participating New York State postsecondary institution;
  • be in good academic standing;
  • be charged at least $100 tuition per year;
  • meet income eligibility limitations;
  • not have exhausted Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility;
  • not be in default on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or repayment of any NYS award and,
  • be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a NYS award.

Income Limits

Eligibility for an APTS award is based on New York State net taxable income from the preceding calendar year.

  • If students were eligible to be claimed as tax dependents by their parents, family New York State NET taxable income can be as much as $50,550 to qualify for an award. Family income includes student AND parents’ income.
  • If students were not eligible to be claimed by their parents as tax dependents, their New York State NET taxable income (including spouse’s income) can be as much as $34,250 to qualify for an award. Spouse’s income must be included if they were married on or before December 31 of the previous calendar year.
  • If students were not eligible to be claimed by their parents but were eligible to claim tax dependents other than self and/or spouse, New York State NET taxable income (including spouse’s income) can be as much as $50,550 to qualify for an award. Spouse’s income must be included if they were married on or before December 31 of the previous calendar year.