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New York State Programs

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Application for TAP is made by completing the FAFSA and listing Mercy College's Federal Aid Number (002772) in the first slot. Applicants must complete an Electronic TAP Application when they sign the FAFSA using their Federal PIN number. HESC (Higher Education Services Corporation) will not process a TAP award without the signed Application. Awards range up to $5,165 and are based on the family's New York State net taxable income. A student must be registered for at least 12 credits for the 16-week semester or 12 credits at the beginning of Term B for both the two 8-week terms (B and C Terms). Any student withdrawing from course work may be ineligible to receive subsequent award(s).

Students who matriculate for a bachelor or an associate degree must meet state determined academic progress standards.


New York State Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA)

The Enhanced Tuition Awards program provides tuition awards to students who are New York State residents attending a private college located in New York State. Recipients will receive $6,000 through a combination of their TAP award, ETA award and a match from their private college.

A recipient of an Enhanced Tuition Award is eligible to receive award payments for not more than two years of full-time undergraduate study in a program leading to an Associate's degree or four years of full-time undergraduate study, or five years if the program of study normally requires five years in a program leading to a Bachelor's degree.

You must live in New York State for the length of time you received the award. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the conversion of your award to a no-interest loan.

There is a separate application for ETA, which can be found here: https://www.hesc.ny.gov/eta/, along with detailed information about the terms and conditions of the award.


New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

Admission into HEOP is determined by the College Opportunity Program office and is for incoming students only. Students in this program must be academically and economically disadvantaged. They may receive supplemental financial assistance from HEOP. Financial aid is calculated on an individual basis and is provided to help students cover the cost of books, supplies, travel, maintenance, tuition, etc. Financial aid packages of HEOP students will also include assistance from various other state and federal programs so that the student's need is met. Application for HEOP is made through the College Opportunity Program office.


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

The Aid for Part-Time Study program is a grant program financed by New York State through participating education institutions. The program provides up to $2,000 per year for qualified part-time undergraduate students. Contact the Student Services Office for more information about eligibility and APTS application forms.


Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans

Awards for children of deceased or disabled veterans are available to the children of veterans who die or who have a current disability, of 50% or more, resulting from U.S. Military service. The amount of the award is $450 per year. Applications may be made through the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation.


New York State Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarship

New York State Regents Professional Opportunity Scholarships are offered by the State Education Department for full-time study in approved programs leading to licensure in professions designated by the Commissioner of Education. Scholarship winners will receive from $1,000 to $5,000 per year, for up to four years, for educational expenses. A service obligation to practice in the State of New York will be expected of any scholarship recipient.

Scholarships are awarded for study leading to a master's degree in the following licensed professions: Communication Disorders, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. For application deadlines, or for more information, write to:

The State Education Department Office of Equity and Access Bureau of Higher Education Opportunity Programs VATEA, COPS, and Scholarships Room 1071 Education Building Annex Albany, NY 12234 (888) NYS-HESC


Regents Awards for Children of Deceased Police Officers, Firefighters and Corrections Officers

These awards provide up to $450 annually for children of police officers, firefighters and corrections officers of New York State who have died as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty. Applications may be made through the New York State Higher Education Service Corporation.


Regents Awards for Children of Deceased State Corrections Officers and State Civilian Employees of a Correctional Facility

This award provides financial aid to children of New York State corrections officers or civilian employees of a correctional facility who died as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty during the September 1971 Attica uprising. Individuals cannot be eligible for both this award and the regents award for children of deceased police officers, firefighters, and corrections offers. The awards are for full-time undergraduate students and are equal to the sum of annual tuition and average room and board charges specified by the State University of New York. Applications may be made through the New York State Higher Education Service Corporation.


New York State Aid to Native Americans

New York State Aid to Native Americans is an entitlement program with neither a qualifying examination nor a limited number of awards. Students may be eligible for an award of $1,000 per year for a maximum of four years of full-time study. Applications may be made through the New York State Higher Education Service Corporation.


Veterans Administration Educational Benefits 

Many programs of educational assistance benefits are available to those who have served in the active military, naval or air service and to their dependents. Mercy College is fully approved to conduct college level education programs for veterans. Detailed information is available form the offices of Veteran Affairs.


The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program & the Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship Program

The Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program and the Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship Program are federal programs administered by the state. For additional information and application forms, write to: New York State Education Department State and Federal Scholarship and Fellowship Unit, Cultural Education Center, Albany, New York 12230.