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Grants are funds that are provided by federal and state agencies. Grants do not have to be repaid.
The FAFSA must be completed to receive grants.

Federal Pell Grant

The federal government awards Pell Grants to those students who are found eligible after completing the FAFSA. Pell Grants are not available to students who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree. The amount is determined according to eligibility and the number of hours in which you are enrolled. The maximum award is $5730 per year.

Farmingdale State College credits the funds to your account. If and when a student’s tuition account becomes overpaid with loans and grants, a refund will be issued.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

SEOG is a federal grant administered by the College. Students will need to complete the FAFSA to determine eligibility. Students must be Pell Grant recipients to be eligible for SEOG.  Early application is critical in determining eligibility for this grant. SEOG awards range from $500 to $3000 depending on cost of attendance and availability of funds. If you are not enrolled full-time your award may be reduced or cancelled.

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The TAP award is a state grant that is based on prior year net taxable income. The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation administers TAP for New York State residents who are enrolled full time.Only credits that apply to your current program, as determined by your DegreeWorks audit, can be included.

While the minimum number of credits to be considered full-time is 12, you need to complete 30 credits per academic year to ensure you maintain program pursuit and don't run out of eligibility as TAP awards 4 semesters to students pursuing an Associate's Degree and 8 semesters for a Bachelor's Degree.

The Express TAP Application (ETA) is available online at A FAFSA must be submitted before applying for TAP. More information is available at

Part-Time TAP Program

The part-time TAP is a grant for eligible New York residents attending in-state institutions on a part-time basis. Eligibility is based on the prior years net taxable income. Part-Time TAP is not the same as Aid for Part-Time Study. The Express TAP Application (ETA) is available online at The FAFSA must be submitted before applying for part-time TAP. More information is available at

Aid for Part-Time Study

The Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) grant is for eligible, U.S citizens and legal New York residents enrolled part-time, between 3 and 11 credit hours per semester. Eligibility is based on the prior years net taxable income. To apply, students should obtain an APTS application from the FSC Office of Financial Aid. Since funds are limited, students should complete the application and return it as early as possible for processing. More information is available at

State University Supplemental Tuition Award (SUSTA)

SUSTA is a state grant that is based on a full time student’s TAP grant eligibility and financial need. Amount of awards can range between $200 and $500 per academic year.

SUNY Tuition Credit (SUTC)

The SUNY Tuition Credit is a grant for full time students who are also TAP grant recipients to help meet the cost of SUNY tuition.