NYS Tuition Assistance Program

This is a New York State grant based on NYS net taxable income and tuition charges. SUNY Sullivan awards range from $500 – $4,814.

New York State residents should complete the TAP application at the end of the FAFSA. If you’ve already submitted your FAFSA, you can access the TAP application on the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website.

Excelsior Scholarship Program

SUNY Sullivan is participating in the Excelsior Scholarship program – a state aid program approved under Governor Cuomo’s Free-Tuition Plan for New York State students whose families make less than $125,000/year (AGI on 2017 tax return) and pursue an Associate or Bachelor’s degree, and earn 30 credits each year.

The Excelsior Scholarship Program has separate requirements and a separate application.

The 2020-21 New York State Excelsior Scholarship application will be released on Monday, July 20, 2020 and will be open until August 31, 2020. HESC provided the following update on the handling of student applications. HESC will process student applications, including completing income verification process (IVP) with NYS Taxation and Finance, and will forward credit verification files to campuses beginning next week. New student award notifications will be held, as such, new student awards will not be reflected on the Student Status Listing (SSL) until funding is confirmed. SSL’s with returning scholarship recipients will continue without disruption and, if necessary, funding priority will be given to those recipients.

To ensure that new applicants understand that funding is not guaranteed, HESC has advised that applicants will see the following or similar message when they submit an Excelsior Scholarship application:

“As you are aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically reduced state revenues and the State is contending with a devastating revenue loss amounting to $61 billion over four years. In light of this, the processing of new Excelsior Scholarship applications is pending Federal assistance, which has been delayed since April. In the absence of multi-year federal funding for New York State awards, Excelsior Scholarship awards may have to be reduced and/or prioritized for current recipients, as provided for under the program.”