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Grants

Grants are monies that do not need to be repaid and are awarded based on financial eligibility. Finger Lakes Community College participates in the following federal and state grant programs.

Federal Programs

Federal Pell Grant

Eligibility:

The Federal Pell Grant is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as it was calculated from information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. Students with lower EFCs have greater financial need. Thus, the neediest students are eligible for larger Federal Pell Grants. Conversely, as students’ EFCs increase, there is less financial need, and the award amount of the Federal Pell Grant decreases.

Beginning in Fall 2012, students are now limited to 12 semesters (or 600%) of Federal Pell Grant eligibility during their lifetime. This change affects all students regardless of when or where they received their first Federal Pell Grant.

Amount:

The amount of the Federal Pell Grant may be prorated based on a students’ enrollment status (full-time, part-time, full academic year attendance or less). Students who are enrolled less than half-time may be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant. The maximum Federal Pell Grant award amount is $5,730 and the minimum award amount is $587. Once a student earns a bachelor’s degree or receives the lifetime limit of 12 semesters, they are no longer eligible for a Pell Grant.

How To Apply:

All applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information go to www.flcc.edu/offices/financialaid/apply.cfm

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Eligibility:

This campus based award program is awarded to students with exceptional financial need. Students must be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant to be considered for SEOG. Students with a zero Expected Family Contribution, who are Pell eligible, taking 3 credits or more in their degree program and have completed the FAFSA by our priority deadline (March 15), are automatically given first consideration. Funds are limited.

Amount:

Unlike Federal Pell Grants, the amount of SEOG that a student can receive depends not only on their financial need but, also, on the amount of other aid they receive and the availability of funds. The average SEOG award at FLCC is $200 annually.

How To Apply:

All applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information go to www.flcc.edu/offices/financialaid/apply.cfm

State Programs (NYS Residents)

NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Eligibility:

The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is a grant for NY State students attending a NYS postsecondary institution full-time.
Students at 2-year institutions can receive up to six semesters of TAP. (Students in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) may receive more than six semesters.)
To be eligible for TAP, a student must:

  • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be a legal resident of New York State
  • Study full time* (at least 12 credits within your degree program per semester) at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State
  • At least one course during the semester must extend through the full 15 week semester
  • Have graduated from high school, or have a GED, or have passed a federally approved exam demonstrating that the student can benefit from the education offered
  • Be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing for state aid (For details go to flcc.edu/aid/eligibility.cfm)
  • Not be in default on a federal student loan
  • Meet income limitations

*Students with disabilities or, under certain conditions, students attending at least half-time after a period of full-time attendance, may be eligible for a prorated TAP award. If you wish to be considered for part-time TAP, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

Amount:

Depending on the academic year in which the student began study, annual TAP awards can vary from $500 annually to full tuition.

How To Apply:

To apply go to www.flcc.edu/offices/financialaid/apply.cfm

NYS Aid for Part-time Study (APTS)

Eligibility:

APTS is a grant program funded by New York State and is available to part-time undergraduate students who meet certain eligibility requirements Generally, to be eligible to receive APTS a student must:

  • Be working toward an undergraduate degree as a part-time student taking a minimum of three (3), but less than twelve (12) semester credit hours.
  • Be a resident of New York State.
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident alien
  • Not have exhausted Tuition Assistance Program eligibility.
  • Not be in default of a federal education loan
  • Meet income limitations
  • Be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing for state aid (For details go to flcc.edu/aid/eligibility.cfm)
  • Submit all documentation by the published deadline
Amount:

Funds are limited. Awards are determined based on funds available and the number of applicants. Not all applicants will be funded.

How To Apply:

Applications are available at www.flcc.edu/offices/financialaid/applications.cfm  and are due by October 1 for the fall semester and March 1 for the spring.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

Eligibility:

The Educational Opportunity Program Fund (EOP) is financial assistance available to students who are determined eligible by the FLCC Admissions Office for admission to the College under the Educational Opportunity Program. Participation is limited to students who are New York State residents and both economically and educationally disadvantaged.

Amount:

Award amounts depend on New York State funding allocations and vary from year to year.

How To Apply:

To apply students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov

State Programs (Non-NYS Residents)

Out-of-state residents are encouraged to apply for any available grants from the state they reside in. Complete list of state education agencies.