2019-20 NYS Enhanced Tuition Award

2019-20 NYS Enhanced Tuition Award

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*Details of the NYS Enhanced Tuition Award are still developing. We will keep this page up-to-date as new information becomes available. For specific questions, contact the Financial Aid Office at 845-398-4097.

The 2019-20 Enhanced Tuition Award application is now open.  

Students who have submitted an application are currently being reviewed by New York State Higher Education, if you have any questions contact HESC at 888-697-4372.  If it is determined that a student is eligible to receive an award for the 2019-2020 academic year, you will be notified via an updated award letter.

New York State Budget recently passed with two new financial aid programs. The Excelsior program which is specific to NY SUNYs & CUNYs and the NYS Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA) which may directly impact students who attend STAC. Please click here for the Enhanced Tuition Award announcement from the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) and frequently asked questions. ​St. Thomas Aquinas College is committed to making and keeping your education affordable and for that reason the university has elected to participate in the New York State Enhanced Tuition Award Program for the 2019-2020 academic year!

Learn what you need to do now to be in position to take advantage of this program when it begins in the Fall  2019 semester. If you would like to speak with someone about attending St. Thomas Aquinas College with the NYS Enhanced Tuition Award you can reach contact our office at 845-398-4097 or email us at [email protected]

Here are a few highlights of the program NYS Enhanced Tuition Award:

  • The NYS ETA program provides tuition awards to students who are NYS residents attending a participating private college located in New York State.

  • Students must have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the term for which the award is being sought.

  • Students can receive up to $6,000 through a combination of their TAP award, ETA award and a match from their private college. *New for the 2018-19 academic year, the state has provided the modification for colleges to use existing institutional aid as matching funds. For more on this update please click here.*

  • The income thresholds for eligibility are as follows: For the 2019-20 academic year, household adjusted gross income can total up to $125,000 or less to be eligible.

  • The Enhanced Tuition Award is not exclusive to new 2017-18 incoming students. Students currently attending STAC could be eligible to receive the award as well provided they are currently on track to complete their degree on time.

  • Students pursuing a bachelor's  degree are eligible for up to four years and those undergraduate programs of study normally requiring five years are eligible to receive the award for five years.

  • Award recipients need to earn a passing grade to maintain their Enhanced Tuition Awards, provided they earn a total of 30 credits over the course of a year.

  • Transfer students are eligible for the Enhanced Tuition Award if they are on track to complete on time based on the number of credits accepted by STAC. 

  • To maintain eligibility students must meet all eligibility requirements (income and academic progress). For example, you must enroll in at least 12 credits per term and complete 30 credits per year to continue to receive the scholarship.

Finally, here's an additional and significant requirement:

  • You must live in New York State for the number of years equal to awards you received. For example, if you received four Enhanced Tuition Awards while getting your bachelor’s degree, you must live in New York State for four years after college. In addition, if you are working during those years, you must work in New York State. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the conversion of your award to a loan.

  • execute a Contract agreeing to reside in NYS for the length of time the award was received, and, if employed during such time, be employed in NYS.