Other Financial Aid
New York State Scholarships and Awards
Scholarships awarded through the New York State Education Department and administered by the Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC) include the following:New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence; New York State Achievement and Investment in Merit Scholarship (AIMS); Military enhanced Recognition Incentive and Tribute Scholarship (MARS); Regents Awards for Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans; Regents Awards for Children of Deceased Police Officers, Firefighters and Corrections Officers; State Aid to Native Americans; New York State World Trade Center Memorial Scholarships; and Veterans Tuition Awards. For further information and application materials, contact NYSHESC (www.hesc.ny.org or 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12255; Tel: (888) 697-4372) or the New York State Education Department (New York State Education Department 89 Washington Avenue Albany, New York 12234).
Veterans and the children of deceased or permanently disabled veterans are encouraged to contact the Office of Veterans Affairs located in Wingate Hall, Room 106. The telephone number is (212) 650-5374.
Macaulay Honors College
Macaulay Honors College seeks to admit students with leadership potential who are high achievers, intellectually curious, creative, and highly motivated. In addition to academic performance, prospective students are evaluated using a combination of academic and personal factors including High school transcript, extracurricular activities, community service, personal initiative and leadership qualities, recommendations, character reference letter, essays and interviews (for some students). Honors College students receive a laptop computer and access to a Macaulay Opportunities Fund grant of up to $7,500 for the undergraduate experience to be used for global research, and internships. In addition students accepted into the Honors College who are New York State residents, receive full coverage for their tuition.
Students are required to file a FAFSA and TAP applications, and the Honors College tuition waiver may be reduced by the amount of the TAP, Pell, SEOG and NYC Merit Scholarship awards, NYS and other scholarships.
World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies, transportation, and room and board for four full-time academic years. It is awarded to the children and spouses of victims who died or were severely disabled as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, or as a result of the rescue and recovery efforts related to those attacks. The applicant must be enrolled as a matriculated undergraduate student in a program approved by the Commissioner of Education and must file FAFSA and TAP applications. Financial aid received from other sources will be taken into account when calculating scholarship eligibility.
Federal Aid to Native Americans
To be eligible for these awards, applicants should be a member of, or at least one-quarter degree Indian blood descendant of a member of an American Indian tribe who are eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and be accepted for admission to an accredited college pursuing a four-year degree. Further information may be obtained from the local Bureau of Indian Affairs Office or the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Education (1849 C Street, NW, Washington D.C. 20240-0001).
International students, non-matriculated and/or less than half-time students may be eligible to receive a private loan to help with their educational expenses. These loans may require a co-signer and a credit check. Students must contact the lending institution of their choice for information regarding these loans.
City University Supplemental Tuition Assistance Program (CUSTA)
Depending on funding from the New York State Legislature, this program provides supplemental assistance of up to $100 per year to students who would experience an automatic decrease in their TAP award beginning in the fifth semester. Recipients must be full-time undergraduates, New York State residents, and eligible for maximum TAP. Recipients are chosen from among TAP applicants; students need take no special action.
SEEK Counseling and Student Support Services/The Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program
The Percy Ellis Sutton Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge (SEEK), program is funded by New York state for its legal residents who have been deemed by the College as economically disadvantaged and academically underprepared. Students admitted to City College as SEEK students will receive extensive support services, including tutoring and counseling when needed. In addition, based on family income and financial need demonstrated via the FAFSA, SEEK students may qualify to receive program stipends to assist with the costs of books and supplies, as well as certain mandatory CUNY fees. Since SEEK is designed primarily for full-time students, if qualified, SEEK students are eligible to receive two extra semesters of TAP grant funding, for a maximum of ten semesters. Students must meet specific economic criteria to qualify for admission to the SEEK program. The income limits are based on the federal poverty guidelines and are tied to family size. At the time of their initial admission to the College, students are required to provide IRS tax returns and other applicable documents as official proof of total family income for SEEK. Undocumented students may be eligible for NYS aid by completing The José Peralta New York State DREAM ACT application.