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Generally, grants are "free money" that do not have to be repaid. To help you apply for grants, we provide you with step by step instructions and important web links: Apply for Aid.

With the exception of the TEACH grant, the following grant programs are only available to matriculated, undergraduate students who are pursuing their first bachelor's degree. TEACH grants are also available to matriculated graduate students. Each grant also has program-specific eligibility criteria that are generally described below. Visit Student Aid on the Web for more information on federal aid programs and HESC for more information on NYS aid programs.

Changes in your enrollment status within a semester may affect your eligibility for these grants (ex. repeat coursework, less than full-time study, course drop, course withdrawal, and incomplete grades). In order to remain eligible for these grants, you must satisfy academic standards for financial aid at the end of each semester.

Grant Programs

Grants Available Annual Range Description
Federal Pell Grant $303 - $5,920

Pell is currently awarded to undergraduate students with an EFC of 5328 or less.  Award amounts are based upon a fixed federal schedule and your EFC. Award amounts for part-time students (3 - 11 credits) are prorated and allowed on a restricted basis.  Starting July 1, 2012 students may receive a maximum of 12 full-time (or full-time equivalent) semesters of Pell Grant awards. You can view your maximum Pell Grant lifetime eligibility used at Select Financial Aid Review for your financial aid history.  Visit Student Aid on the Web for more information.

NYS TAP Grant $250 - $5,165 Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is awarded to undergraduate, NYS residents and is based upon NYS taxable income. It requires full-time enrollment of 12 credits or more.  Visit HESC for more information.
SUNY Tuition Credit $120 to $1630 SUNY Tuition Credit is awarded to TAP recipients. Award amounts are based upon the amount of your TAP grant.
Federal SEOG Grant $120 Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is awarded to Pell-eligible students with a zero EFC.  Visit Student Aid on the Web for more information.
SUNY SUSTA Grant $450

State University Student Tuition Assistance (SUSTA) is awarded to first-year students who are accepted into the Educational Opportunity Program based upon an economic and academic disadvantaged status. Recipients will only receive this award for the two semesters of their first year.

Other NYS Grants Varies Visit HESC for more information on NYS grants and scholarships. Other grants and scholarships include Excelsior, Academic Excellence, Math and Science Teaching Incentive, World Trade Center, and several military and memorial scholarships.
Federal TEACH Grant $466 - $3,724 Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who intend to teach in a high-need field in public or private elementary or secondary schools that serve students from low-income families. While this program is labeled a grant, it will convert into a loan with back interest if the recipient does not meet a 4-year service obligation within 8 years of graduation. Eligible students have declared a TEACH eligible major, and scored at least 1170 on the SAT or have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (87.5 high school average for first semester college students). Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 in order to renew the grant from semester to semester. Award amounts for part-time students (under 12 credits) are prorated.  Visit Student Aid on the Web for more information.
NYS APTS Grant $425 - $1000 Students enrolled in three to eleven credits per semester in a degree program can apply for Aid for Part-time Studies (APTS). Applications are available on our Forms website and are due prior to the beginning of each semester. Award amounts depend on tuition charges, NYS taxable income, and academic records.
NYS EOP Grant $550 - $990 Educational Opportunity (EOP) Grants are awarded to students who are accepted into the EOP program based upon an economic and academic disadvantaged status. Visit EOP for more information.
ACCES-VR Varies ACCES-VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) provides an extensive array of services to individuals with disabilities that will enable them for employment. Students must have a documented diagnosed disability to be eligible for ACCES-VR benefits. For college students, ACCES-VR may provide support services such as tutors, note takers, and readers. For eligible students who also meet financial requirements, ACCES-VR may provide a grant that assists with tuition, fees, books, transportation and adaptive equipment. ACCES-VR has 15 district offices throughout the state. 
Empire State Diversity Honor's Scholarship Varies This purpose of this is to attract and retain undergraduate students who have demonstrated high academic achievement and can demonstrate that they will contribute to the diversity of the student body. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.
Aid to Native Americans Up to $2,000 Visit the NYS Native American Education for more information.


Contact Information

For more information about Financial Aid at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Financial Aid Office
Location: Kehoe Administration Building, Suite 401-410
Phone: (518) 564-2072
Toll-Free Phone: (877) 768-5976
Fax: (518)564-4079
Email: [email protected]

Our mailing address:

Financial Aid Office
SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-12681