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Federal Grants

Federal Pell Grant

This grant is provided by the federal government to matriculated students who meet the financial need requirements, are in good academic standing, and are making satisfactory academic progress. Note: Students pursuing a second associate or bachelor degree are not eligible to receive a Pell Grant.

Annual award range: $261 to $5,550 depending on enrollment status.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

This grant is awarded to students with exceptional financial need as determined by the financial aid office. To receive an SEOG grant students must be PELL recipients. Priority is given to students with the lowest eligibility index.

Annual award range: $100 to $300

Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG)

This grant is awarded to PELL grant recipients who are full time, U.S. citizens or permanent residents in their first or second year in college. Student must also have successfully completed a rigorous secondary school program of study and graduated after January 1, 2006, for first-year students and after January 1, 2005, for second-year students.

Annual award range: up to $750 for the first year of undergraduate study and up to $1,300 for the second year of undergraduate studies. (The Federal Government has discontinued the ACG Grant for the 2011-2012 academic year)

National SMART Grant

This grant is awarded to Pell Grant recipients, who are full time, U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and pursuing a bachelor's degree in engineering or technology and are in their third or fourth year of college.

Annual award range: up to $4,000 (The Federal Government has discontinued the SMART Grant for the 2011-2012 academic year)

College Work-Study

The Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. Students participating in the Federal Work-study program must maintain satisfactory progress, with a GPA no less than a 2.0 or higher.

Annual award ranges: up to $3,000

State Grants

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Awarded to students who are New York state residents, enrolled full-time, and in good academic standing and is based on New York state net taxable income. Students must complete the FAFSA and TAP application forms by logging on to www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Annual award range: $500 to $5,000

New York State Aid For PART-TIME STUDY (APTS)

This program has the same eligibility criteria as TAP, but is for students enrolled for 6 to 11 credits. The APTS application is filed in the financial aid office.

Annual award range: up to $1,000

Part-Time Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

This program has the same financial eligibility criteria as TAP, but is for students enrolled for 6 to 11 credits. Other restricitions may apply, please contact the financial aid office for more information. Students must also complete the FAFSA and TAP application forms by logging on to www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

Vaughn participates in the New York State Education Department's Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). This program has been designed for educationally and economically disadvantaged New York state residents who otherwise might not be able to attend college. HEOP provides several academic and financial support services to assist students. These services include the summer immersion program, tutorial services, counseling services and financial assistance. To find out more, email abdel.haiber@vaughn.edu or call him at 1.866.6VAUGHN, ext. 160.

Institutional Aid

Vaughn College Grants

These funds are used in awarding financial assistance to new and continuing students who are enrolled in our bachelor or associate degree program on a full-time basis. Priority is given to PELL Grant recipients and students with the lowest eligibility index:

  • Recipients are selected on the basis of their academic performance and financial need.
  • Awards are designated for a specific academic year and are renewable each semester based on satisfactory academic performance and the availability of funds.
  • Recipients must file the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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