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.
The first step on your financial aid journeyLearn more about FAFSA and apply
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.
The next step for New YorkersLearn more about TAP and apply
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.
Scholarships for early childhood professionalsLearn more about EIP and apply
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 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.
Scholarships for staff at QUALITYstarsNY participating ProgramsLearn 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.