Grants and the School of Engineering Scholarships

Grants and scholarships are exceptional ways to finance your education because unlike loans, they provide funding that does not have to be repaid.

There are many grant and scholarship opportunities available for dedicated students of academic merit. They generally fall into 3 categories: state, federal, and institutional. They typically require a substantial research and application process. However, the financial rewards of grants and scholarships more than make up for the extra work you will put into completing them. Outside private scholarships can also be part of your financial plan.

Below are general descriptions of several types of state and federal grants and scholarships, which are available for undergraduate and graduate students. A list of scholarships for students pursuing a graduate degree or certificate, including employee scholarships granted through corporate entities, follows the general list. For additional information or application forms for specific grants and scholarships you are interested in, contact us.

Undergraduate Grants & Scholarships

Federal Grants

There are 2 primary federally-funded grants you may be eligible for. Both are need-based and will be automatically awarded once you have completed the FAFSA, and demonstrate financial eligibility. Learn more about FAFSA in Applying for Aid.

Pell Grant

Eligibility is determined by the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the FAFSA. Pell Grant amounts are determined each year by the federal government. Increment amounts are awarded according to the EFC. Pell Grants are available only to first time undergraduate students; Graduate students and those pursuing a second bachelors’ degree are ineligible.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Funds are for students who demonstrate exceptional financial need and are limited and awarded on a first come, first serve basis until depleted.

State Grants and Scholarships

New York State's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Need-based funding that requires you to submit a separate TAP application. Depending on the academic year in which you begin study, an annual TAP award can vary. All students must enroll for at least 12 credits per semester to qualify for TAP.

Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

You must be accepted to the HEOP program at the time of admission to the School of Engineering to receive the funding and academic support HEOP awards.

Merit Scholarship

The Merit Scholarship is automatically awarded based upon meeting NYS requirements.

Military Veterans Scholarship

The School of Engineering participates in the U.S. government’s Post 9/11 GI Bill, which offers veterans who have served on or after September 11, 2001 the chance to pursue higher (undergraduate and graduate) education with the support of scholarships, stipends, and other benefits. The program includes the Yellow Ribbon Program, a tuition-remission matching program. Learn more about this scholarship.

The School of Engineering Promise Scholarships

To be considered for a Promise Scholarship, you must submit the items listed below as part of your application to the school. You are not required to submit an additional application to be considered for a Promise Scholarship.

Full time enrollment is required for scholarships. Students must maintain the required cumulative GPA to renew awards each year.

The School of Engineering FIRST Scholarship

Amount: $2,000
The FIRST Scholarship program considers high school juniors and seniors who have participated on a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) or FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team. Click here for application.

Full time enrollment is required for scholarships.

The School of Engineering Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship

Amount: $2,000
The PTK Transfer Scholarship is awarded to Phi Theta Kappa members with high academic marks who transfer to the School of Engineering from any community college.

Full time enrollment is required for scholarships. Students must maintain the required cumulative GPA to renew awards each year.

The School of Engineering Need-Based Grant

The School of Engineering's need-based grants are based on family income, and determined after a student has filed their CSS Profile. The School of Engineering grant was instituted to narrow the gap between federal and state financial aid and the cost of education for middle-income families. Outside scholarship awards may affect the amount of grant support for which a student is eligible.

Full time enrollment is required.

Graduate and Certificate Program Scholarships

Graduate Center Merit-Based Scholarship

The Graduate Center awards merit-based scholarships and assistantships to qualifying students pursuing a Master's degree. Students are considered during their application evaluation period, and are not required to submit additional documentation unless requested by the Graduate Center.

Graduate Center Merit-Based Scholarship for Current Students

**Special notice to continuing GRADUATE students**

We will no longer be upgrading or offering new scholarship aid to continuing Graduate students.

Alumni Scholarship

Students who graduated Polytechnic with an undergraduate or graduate degree are eligible for an alumni scholarship of 10%. Please note: the Alumni Scholarship is subject to the same degree and renewal requirements as the Graduate Center Merit-Based Scholarship (see above).

Military Veterans Scholarship

The School of Engineering participates in the U.S. government’s Post 9/11 GI Bill, which offers veterans who have served on or after September 11, 2001 the chance to pursue higher (undergraduate and graduate) education with the support of scholarships, stipends, and other benefits. The program includes the Yellow Ribbon Program, a tuition-remission matching program. Learn more about this scholarship.

National Scholarships and Awards

There are many scholarships and awards available at the national level for women, ethnic minorities, veterans, and other groups. Here is a list of some scholarship opportunities that the School of Engineering's graduate center is involved with directly:

Cyber-security Scholarship

Scholarship for Service (SFS) is for graduate students who wish to pursue an education in cyber security. This scholarship covers full tuition with the agreement that you will work for 2 years at a federal agency upon graduating. To be eligible you must be (1) a U.S. citizen; (2) a graduate student 2 years from graduation; (3) a full-time student; and (4) maintain a 3.5 GPA while in the program.