Tompkins Cortland Community College

Enrollment Services

Financial Aid

170 North St, P.O. Box 139, Dryden, NY 13053

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Monday, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m
Thursday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m
Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m

Room 101
607.844.6580
607.844.6538 (fax)
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New York State Student Aid Programs

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP is a tuition grant awarded to eligible New York State residents who are full-time students. Students may receive a maximum of six full-time semesters of TAP at a two-year college. Awards are based on New York State net taxable income. Learn more about TAP >

Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)

The Aid for Part-time Study (APTS) program provides grant assistance for eligible part-time students enrolled in approved undergraduate studies. To be considered for an APTS award, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Be a legal 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
  • Be enrolled as a part-time student (3-11 credits)
  • Be matriculated in an approved program of study
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Not have exhausted Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility
  • Not be in default on any Federal or State student loan or on any repayment of state awards
  • Meet income eligibility limitations

To apply for APTS, download an APTS application or obtain an application from the Financial Aid Office located in Room 101. Since funds are limited, students are encouraged to complete the application and return it to the college by the end of the first week of classes for processing. Learn more about the APTS program >

New York State Native American Aid

New York State Native American Aid is available to enrolled members of a New York State tribe and their children who are New York State residents and attend Tompkins Cortland.

Eligible and/or certified American Indian students are eligible to receive grant awards up to $2,000 per year for up to four years of full-time study (five years for specific programs requiring five years to complete degree requirements). Students registered for less than 12 credit hours per semester will be considered part-time and will be funded on a prorated basis.

If funding is available, eligible students may receive aid for summer course work. Any aid a student receives for summer school study is deducted from the student's maximum entitlement for four years of full-time college study.

Applications must be postmarked by July 15 for the fall semester, by December 31 for the spring semester, and by May 20 for the summer session. There are no fees for submitting an application. Students must apply for each semester (not annually). Specific eligibility criteria, information and applications can be found at the New York

State Education Department, Native American Education Unit. Learn more about NYS Native American Aid >

New York State World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship

The NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship guarantees access to a college education for the families and financial dependents of innocent victims who died or were severely and permanently disabled as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States of America and the resulting rescue and recovery efforts.

Students must:

  • Be children, spouses and financial dependents of deceased or severely and permanently disabled victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States or the subsequent rescue and recovery operations. This includes victims at the World Trade Center site, at the Pentagon, or on flights 11, 77, 93, or 175.
  • Be survivors of the terrorist attacks who are severely and permanently disabled as a result of injuries sustained in the attacks or the subsequent rescue and recovery operations.

Additionally students must:

  • Study at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State
  • Have graduated from high school in the United States, earned a GED, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student taking 12 or more credits per semester
  • Be matriculated in an approved program of study
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Not be in default on a State or federal student loan or on any repayment of state awards.

World Trade Center Memorial Scholarships provide funds to help meet the cost of attending college. The award covers up to four years of full-time undergraduate study (or five years in an approved five-year bachelor's degree program) and includes the following components:

  • Tuition: The actual amount of your tuition at Tompkins Cortland Community College.
  • Non-tuition Costs: These include room, board and allowances for books, supplies and transportation up to the average cost at SUNY colleges. The Commissioner of Education sets the non-tuition cost allowances each year.
  • Residence: A student living on campus will receive a higher room and board allowance than a commuter student. If housing is not available for students on campus they will receive the same allowance as students living on campus.

The maximum total annual award for students living on campus for the 2016-2017 academic year is $23,045; the maximum total annual award for commuter students for the 2016-2017 academic year is $15,125. NOTE: Students choosing to live off campus when housing is available will be paid at the lower commuter rate.

Receipt of other grants and scholarships may reduce the WTC award. The total of all aid received cannot exceed the student's Title IV cost of attendance.
Learn more about the NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship >

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