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Financial aid helps pay the cost of attending college, which includes tuition and fees, room and board, books, supplies, transportation, and other educational expenses. Some financial aid is based on financial need and some financial aid is awarded based on other criteria such as grades. Financial aid includes grants, scholarships, and student loans. It comes from a variety of sources including the Federal government, New York State, colleges, community organizations, associations, and other groups. Please refer to the links below for more information on applying for financial aid.

Getting Started

FAFSA: The Federal Student Aid Application

The first step in financial aid

Learn more: CUNY ASAP’s Understanding FAFSA GUIDE | 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 work study 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 FAFSA website also provides access to free expert help, either online or on the phone.

TAP: The New York State Tuition Assistance Program

The next step for New Yorkers

Learn more about TAP | Apply

The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) is the state’s financial aid agency that provides need based grant and scholarship award money to prospective college students. HESC administers the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), which helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. TAP is a grant, so it does not have to be paid back.

Your College Admissions / Financial Aid Offices

Help and answers along the way

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

Scholarships for Early Childhood Professionals

EIP: Educational Incentive Program

Scholarships for early childhood professionals

Learn 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.

CUNY/SUNY Workforce Scholarship

Scholarships for early childhood professionals

Learn more about the scholarship and apply.

The CUNY/SUNY Early Childhood Workforce Scholarship is a grant for individuals seeking to early childhood credentials, certificates degrees and or certification in early childhood education at CUNY or SUNY schools across the state. The scholarship was originally announced by Governor Cuomo and administered by the NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute at the City University of New York in collaboration with EIP. This new initiative is funded by the NYS Birth to 5 federal grant.

Scholarships for CUNY Students

Patti Lieberman Scholarship for Early Childhood Education

Learn More and Apply

The Patti Lieberman Scholarship for Early Childhood Education provides tuition support to students enrolled in one of two certificate programs offered by CUNY SPS: the Children’s Program Administrator Credential or the Child Development Associate Certificate. This scholarship can only be applied to student tuition costs.

Career Success Scholarship — Helena Rubinstein

Learn more and apply

The Career Success Scholarship – Helena Rubinstein is open to individuals who seek to advance their careers through education and training, and who do not have access to other sources of funding that can pay for tuition and fees.

Nancy Klinger Memorial Scholarship

The Nancy Klinger Memorial Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of Nancy Klinger, the first Coordinator of the Children's Program Administrator Credential (CPAC) project. This scholarship supports current students in their efforts to complete the CPAC. Eligible students must be in good academic standing, have completed at least nine CPAC credits, and demonstrate a commitment to leading high quality programs for young children.

Recipients must be nominated by CPAC faculty, who submit nominations to the CPAC Scholarship Committee at Recipients will receive a scholarship to cover the tuition costs for CPAC course credit. One scholarship may be awarded in each of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Early Childhood Scholarship

scholarship application | letter of recommendation request form (CPAC students)

The New York Early Child Professional Development Institute offers need-based financial assistance to help cover the cost of tuition and fees for undergraduate or graduate courses that lead to the CDA or CPAC. To be eligible for a financial aid award, recipient must maintain satisfactory academic progress and his/her student account must be in good standing. The scholarship may cover 50% to 100% of the recipient’s tuition and fees for the semester. Please email for more information.

The application should be filled out and submitted following the instructions. CPAC students are also asked to submit a letter of recommendation.

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Contact the Career Development Center to learn more about these and other scholarship and financial aid 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.

Additional Resources

U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid

The U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid website is a rich source of information about the FAFSA and other financial aid issues. This website explains the various types of financial aid that are available, who qualifies for aid, and how to apply.

U.S. Department of Postsecondary Education

The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) website provides useful information on federal student aid programs, federal student loans, and grants. The site helps students to complete the FAFSA, correct their Student Aid Report (SAR), and find out if their FAFSA application was processed.

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About Goals

Your goals describe specific areas that you are working on (or plan to work on) to improve or maintain the quality of your program. Goals connect your quality improvement work to the QUALITY standards and your rating and allow you to schedule and prioritize chunks of work in your progranm. Goals group together and organize related action items (tasks) and provide a narrative framework to keep you, your program, your QIM and Central Office on the same page.

Goal Scope and Scale

You have a lot of flexibility in developing QI Goals, but some rules of thumb help keep Goals useful, readable, and manageable:

  • Time: A Goal should be achievable roughly within a rating cycle, If you are struggling to put even an estimated end date on a Goal, it may be too broad. Ideally, several Goals will fit (with some overlap) within a rating cycle.
  • Standards: A Goal should roughly fit within a standard subcategory. This is flexible, of course, but if your Goal is spanning multiple standard categories, it may be too broad.
  • A Goal may be too small if it can be accomplished in one or two small steps.
  • A Goal may be too broad if you can't define concisely how you will know when it is complete.
Goal Label

The goal label is simply a brief title that allows you to distinguish this goal from others in a list or report. The more robust description of the Goal comes in the Goal statement below.

Think of it like naming a file on your computer so that later you can recognize it. This label will appear on your goal as a "title" along with your Goal statement, as well as being the identifier in drop-down or selection lists for viewing/using Goals.

Goal Statement

What is your goal?

Goal Rationale / Inspiration

Where did this goal come from? What in your rating and/or conversations about the program led to the development of this Goal? Why is this particular area of quality improvement a priority?

Quality Impact

How will the quality of the program improve? What will be different about the way the program works, looks and feels? How will children, families, the director and staff experience the program differently?

Goal Activity Summary

Summarize / brainstorm the actions you think you'll need to take to accomplish this goal. You'll be defining specific action items as you go, but record the big picture here. What practices will need to change? Who will need to be involved? What will need to be purchased? What training/coaching will be needed?

Goal Existing Resources

What existing strengths and resources will help this goal be successful?

Goal Barriers

What factors, events or concerns might prevent you from accomplishing this goal? If you've attempted to make these changes in the past, what barriers arose and prevented you from following through? What resources or information could help you overcome these barriers and accomplish this goal?

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