Financial Aid

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Many people who attend college rely on some form of financial aid to cover tuition/fees, room and board, books, supplies, transportation, and other educational expenses. Below is an overview to help you get started with and understand the financial aid process.

FAFSA: The Federal Student Aid Application

The first step on your financial aid journey

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FAFSA is a common application provided by the U.S. Department of Education that is used to determine your eligibility for federal loans, grants and workstudy programs. It is also the first step in applying for New York State aid. Colleges use the information in your FAFSA application to provide financial aid.

TAP: The New York State Tuition Assistance Program

The next step for New Yorkers

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The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.

Your College Admissions / Financial Aid Offices

Your best ongoing resources for help and questions

Your admissions office and financial aid offices can help you find tuition assitance, grants and scholarships, and help you determine what mix of assistance works best for you and your specific program and college.

EIP: Educational Incentive Program

Scholarships for early childhood professionals

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The Educational Incentive Program (EIP) is a scholarship program that helps child care providers pay for training and educational activities with the intent to build provider knowledge, skills, and competencies in order to improve the quality of child care.

Scholarships for CUNY Students

Patti Lieberman Scholarship for Early Childhood Education

Helena Rubinstein Continuing Education Scholarship

Scholarships offered specifically for City University of New York (CUNY) students to help fund their college coursework. Contact Career Development Services to learn more about these opportunities.

QUALITYstarsNY Quality Scholars

Scholarships for staff at QUALITYstarsNY participating Programs

Learn more about QUALITYstarsNY

QUALITYstarsNY is New York's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Early childhood professionals that participate in QUALITYstarsNY may access funding for professional development activities through an initiative known as Quality Scholars.