Federal grants are offered to students who file the FAFSA and demonstrate financial need. New York State offers grants to eligible residents who submit a separate application. Grants do not require repayment.

Federal Assistance

Eligibility for specific Federal grants are outlined below.

Students must meet standards of satisfactory academic progress (PDF) to receive financial assistance. The detailed information regarding these standards will accompany your Financial Assistance Plan (Award Letter).

The Federal Pell Grant is available to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and who demonstrate financial need.

Application process: Eligibility is determined upon Adelphi’s receipt of your processed FAFSA and is based upon the federally-calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Students should complete and file the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1

Range of awards: For the 2020-2021 academic year the Federal Pell Grant ranges from a minimum of $639 per year to a maximum of $6,345 per year.

Eligibility: Eligibility for the Federal Pell grant is calculated using the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) that is calculated by the federal government when you file your FAFSA. The EFC is calculated according to a formula that is established by law. Federal Pell Grants are usually awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor’s or professional degree.

The Higher Education Act (HEA) limits the lifetime eligibility to receive a Federal Pell Grant to 12 full-time semesters or the equivalent of 600 percent. This information is available on your SAR.

Transfer students who have received Federal Pell Grant from another institution during the same award year will have their award calculated based upon the percentage of Pell that was used at the prior institution. Federal regulations require that we request, through the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), updated information about any current year disbursements, so that your award is accurate and does not exceed any federally mandated maximums.

The FSEOG program provides grants to students who demonstrate an exceptional financial need to help meet the costs of their post-secondary education. Students must be eligible for the federal Pell Grant before the FSEOG can be awarded. Awards are generally granted to those students with the lowest EFC.

Application process: Eligibility is determined upon Adelphi’s receipt of your processed FAFSA. Students should complete and file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 to ensure maximum eligibility. Priority deadlines apply.

Range of awards: $100 to $4,000. Each participating school receives a certain amount of FSEOG funds each year from the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid. Once the full amount of the school’s FSEOG funds has been awarded to students, no more FSEOG awards can be made for that year.

The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need. Federal Work-Study is an employment program. Jobs are posted in the Center for Career and Professional Development. Students participating in the FWS program will be paid an hourly rate and will receive biweekly paychecks for their hours worked. FWS does not get deducted from a student’s bill. Student work schedules cannot conflict with class schedules. Positions are limited and are not guaranteed. The FWS Program also offers an excellent opportunity for students seeking community service positions as reading tutors for pre-school and elementary students through grade 8. Through the America Reads/America Counts program, Adelphi students can participate in community-based tutoring activities with local public schools. To encourage Adelphi students to participate in these tutoring projects Adelphi offers free van transportation to most tutoring assignments. If you are a local public school representative and want to have your district considered becoming one of our partners in the America Reads/America Counts program, or if you are an eligible Adelphi Federal Work Study student looking to be a tutor we invite you to contact us at areads@adelphi.edu or by telephone at 516.877.3130 for more information. In addition to these tutoring opportunities other community service positions at Adelphi include those which educate or train the public about emergency preparedness, and certain social work field placement positions.

Application process: Eligibility is determined upon Adelphi’s receipt of your processed FAFSA. Students should complete and file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 to ensure maximum eligibility.

Range of awards: The University will offer FWS to students based upon demonstrated need and availability of funds.

For further information: Contact the Center for Career and Professional Development at Adelphi University at 516.877.3130.

Beginning with the 2018-19 award year, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died as a re­sult of active service in the line of duty as a Public Safety Officer shall receive the maximum Pell Grant if the student was less than 24 years old when the parent or guardian died, or was enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of the parent or guardian’s death.

For purposes of this scholarship, a public safety officer is:

  • As defined in section 1204 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b); or
  • A fire police officer, defined as an individual who is serving in accordance with State or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency and provides scene security or directs traffic in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency, or at a planned special event.

For further information: View the United States Department of Education’s announcement.

The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is provided to certain students whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11. The award is provided to students who are not eligible for the Federal Pell Grant on the basis of their EFC and who meet the remaining Federal Pell Grant eligibility requirements.

Application process: Eligibility is determined upon Adelphi’s receipt of your processed FAFSA. Students should complete and file the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 to ensure maximum eligibility.

Range of awards: The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Federal Pell Grant for the award year but cannot exceed your cost of attendance for that award year.

The purpose of the Bureau of Indian Education Higher Education Grant is to provide supplemental financial assistance to the eligible American Indian/Alaska Native scholar entering college seeking a baccalaureate degree. Eligible students should obtain a Bureau of Indian Education Higher Education Grant application from the education office of the tribe with which you are affiliated or are a member. For additional information please visit the Bureau of Indian Education.

State Assistance

Eligibility for specific New York State grants are outlined below.

Students must meet standards of satisfactory academic progress (PDF) to receive financial assistance. The detailed information regarding these standards will accompany your Financial Assistance Plan (Award Letter).

TAP awards are granted to New York residents in full-time attendance in an undergraduate program. TAP is awarded by New York State Higher Education Services (HESC) based upon the applicant’s and his or her family’s New York State taxable income.

Application process: New York State (NYS) residents attending NYS schools can link directly to the TAP application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page. If you exited your FAFSA before completing the TAP application, HESC will send you an email or postcard with the directions to complete the TAP application online. Adelphi’s school code is 0010. You should ensure your school code reflects Adelphi.

Range of awards: $500 to $5,165.

Eligibility: Study full-time (at least 12 credits per semester) at an approved postsecondary institution in New York, be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing with at least a cumulative “C” average as of the 4th-semester payment.

Credit-bearing courses in the student’s minimum full-time course load (12 semester hours or the equivalent) must consist of courses applicable to the student’s program of study as a general education requirement, major requirement, or elective.

TAP recipients who enroll for credits during intersession must enroll for a minimum of 12 credits during the traditional spring semester in order to be eligible for their spring semester TAP award. For New York State grants and scholarship purposes, any credits taken during Intersession cannot be combined with Adelphi’s traditional Spring semester credits to meet New York State’s 12 credit, full-time enrollment requirements.

Eligibility is limited to the equivalent of eight (8) full-time semesters.

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Be a resident of New York State.
  • Have graduated from a high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma by passing a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) formally known as a GED, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” (ATB) test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department. If an ATB test is required, it must be taken and passed prior to the end of the add/drop period or within 30 days of the first day of classes, whichever is earlier.
  • Be charged at least $200 tuition per year.
  • Not be in default on any state or federal student loans and not be in default on any repayment of State awards.
  • Meet the income requirement

Part-time students (6-11 credits) at approved schools in New York State who were first-time, full-time freshmen in 2006-2007 or later may be eligible for part-time TAP. The basic application procedure and eligibility requirements are the same as for TAP. In addition, the student must have earned 12 credits or more in each of the two consecutive prior semesters, for a minimum total of 24 credits earned.

The APTS program provides grant assistance to New York residents who are part-time (3-11 credits) undergraduate students.

Application process: The completed APTS application must be filed with the Adelphi Office of Student Financial Services by October 15 for the fall semester and March 15 for the spring semester. You can download the APTS application.

The following documents must accompany your application:

  • A signed copy of your 2017 New York State tax return.
  • If you are claimed as a tax dependent on your parent’s state tax return, you must also submit a signed copy of their 2017 tax return.

Range of awards: Awards range up to $1,000 per semester.

Special provisions: To be considered for APTS a student must: (1) enroll in at least 3, but less than 12, credits per semester as a matriculated student; (2) meet income limits; (3) be a New York State resident; (4) not have used up TAP eligibility; (5) maintain good academic standing; and (6) not be in default on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or repayment of any New York state award. APTS recipients must also meet the Ability to Benefit (ATB) requirements. First-time state aid recipients in the 2006-2007 academic year or thereafter who do not have a certificate of graduation (a high school diploma or recognized equivalent from within the United States or from the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam or the Northern Mariana Islands) must pass an Ability to Benefit (ATB) test to be eligible to receive New York State funded grants or scholarships. Beginning with the summer term of the academic year 2008-2009, students must take and pass an approved ATB test within the institution’s drop/add period or within 30 days of the first day of classes whichever is earlier to be eligible for a state award.

Eligibility: Study part-time (3-11 credits) in an undergraduate program at an approved postsecondary institution in New York, be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing with at least a cumulative “C” average as of the 4th-semester payment.

  • Not have used up TAP eligibility.
  • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen and a resident of New York State.
  • Have graduated from a high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma by passing a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) formally known as a GED, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department. If an ATB test is required, it must be taken and passed prior to the end of the add/drop period or within 30 days of the first day of classes, whichever is earlier.
  • Be charged at least $200 tuition per year.
  • Not be in default on any state or federal student loans and not be in default on any repayment of State awards.
  • Meet the income requirement.
  • Other New York State Scholarships and Grants

The Enhanced Tuition Awards (ETA) program provides tuition awards to students who are New York State residents attending a participating private college located in New York State. Recipients will receive $6,000 through a combination of their TAP award, New York State ETA award and a match from their private college.

Application process:  Complete the Enhanced Tuition Award Application online by the specified deadline.  Current Enhanced Tuition Awards Program recipients should not complete this application.  To receive payments after the initial application year, an Enhanced Tuition Awards recipient must annually complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) .

Range of awards: Recipients of Enhanced Tuition Awards will generally receive $6,000 through a combination of their TAP award, ETA award and a match from their private college. The number of awards to be made under this Program is subject to available funding.

*Note: Any award payment received may have tax implications. Any questions regarding this should be directed to a tax professional, the Internal Revenue Service, or the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.

Eligibility:  An applicant must:

  • be a resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the term;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • have either graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test, as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department;
  • have a combined federal adjusted gross income of $125,000 or less;
  • be pursuing an undergraduate degree at a participating private college or university located in New York State;
  • be enrolled in at least 12 credits per term and complete at least 30 credits each year applicable toward his or her degree program, through continuous study with no break in enrollment except for certain reasons that can be documented;
  • if attended college prior to the 2019-20 academic year, have earned at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward his or her degree program prior to applying for an Enhanced Tuition Award;.
  • be in a non-default status on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or on the repayment of any NYS award;
  • be in compliance with the terms of the service condition(s) imposed by any NYS award(s) that you have previously received; and
  • execute a Contract agreeing to reside in NYS for the length of time the award was received, and, if employed during such time, be employed in NYS.

For additional information concerning eligibility visit hesc.ny.gov.

Effective for the 2019-2020 New York State has implemented the Senator Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act. This DREAM Act gives undocumented and other students access to New York State administered grants and scholarships that support their higher education costs.  For information concerning eligibility and the application process please visit New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) at  www.hesc.ny.gov\dream.

You can review the full listing of these other awards and qualifications to see if you may be eligible for other grants or scholarships. More information and application instructions are listed on the Higher Education Services Corporation website.

A one-time waiver may be granted to the recipient of state financial assistance who fails to make satisfactory academic progress or maintain sufficient pursuit of program. The student must initiate the request for the waiver through the Office of Student Financial Services and must be able to document one of three reasons for the request: death in the student’s family, serious illness of the student or other mitigating circumstances beyond the student’s control. Approval of the waiver is not automatic. After a careful review of the documentation, the student will be notified in writing if the one-time waiver will be granted. Students who are residents of states other than New York may qualify for funds from their state scholarship program to attend Adelphi. Contact your state financial aid agency to obtain application and eligibility information.

How to Apply

All students applying for federal and state financial assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Processed applications must be received no later than the student’s last date of enrollment for the academic year. In addition, the federal government requires our office to collect specified documentation and to resolve any conflicting information.

Promptly complete and submit all requested information and documentation. A delay in submitting documentation may impact your eligibility for financial assistance.

If you are a student receiving Federal financial assistance (Title IV financial aid including grants and loans) in excess of their institutional charges will have money available for books and supplies beginning 10-days before the beginning of the semester. Following are the steps in this process:

  1. If eligible, you’ll be notified through your Adelphi email account. This will inform you that you qualify for an advance of funds for books/supplies.
  2. An email will also be sent to the Adelphi bookstore indicating maximum eligibility for the anticipated books/supplies credit. The maximum will be the lesser of the anticipated credit balance or $510 per semester.
  3. After receiving this email, visit Adelphi bookstore to purchase your books and supplies. During the checkout process you will be presented with the option to use your Title IV funds.  Once selected and you agree to the Financial Aid Terms & Conditions, you can proceed with your order.  Your Adelphi student account will be billed for the amount of this anticipated credit and will be adjusted based on actual usage.
  4. If you wish to opt-out of this process, you must respond via the instructions included in your email.
  5. The anticipated credit balance is subject to change if there are revisions to the financial aid awards. Changes in enrollment, housing status and cost of attendance, or application information may cause revisions to financial aid awards.
The information contained on this site is subject to change without notice.

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