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AID FOR PART TIME STUDY PROGRAM (APTS)

The Aid for Part-Time Study Program (APTS) is a New York State grant program that provides assistance to those attending college on a part-time basis on the undergraduate level. It is money that is paid to the school for tuition only.  Click here for the Aid for Part Time Study Program (APTS) Information Guide.

To be considered for APTS at New York City College of Technology, a student must:

  • Be a matriculated undergraduate student. A matriculated student is one who has registered for courses and other academic activities that are recognized as "contributing" toward fulfilling the requirements of a specific degree.
  • Be registered for at least 6 but less than 12 credit hours a semester made up of remedial and non-remedial courses that are creditable towards the degree, of which 3 must be non-remedial credits.
  • Have a certificate of graduation (a high school diploma or recognized equivalent) from within the U.S. or from the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam or the Northern Mariana Islands. For the first time state aid recipient in the 2006-2007 academic year and thereafter with a high school diploma from outside the U.S., a required Ability to Benefit (ATB) test must be passed.
    NOTE: If you have a Foreign High School diploma, please contact the Testing Office, located in the General Building, Room 206 or call 718.260.5171 for assistance.
  • Be a New York State resident.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or refugee.
  • Meet the program income limits.
  • Not have used up Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility.
  • Not be in default of a Federal Family Education Loan.
  • Maintain good academic standing, including, having achieved at least a cumulative "C" average after having received the equivalent of 2 full years of state-sponsored student financial aid.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Application for APTS is an annual process.  First, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid on the Web (FOTW) at www.fafsa.gov. After completing the FOTW, click on “Optional Feature—Start your state application” located on the FAFSA Confirmation page, to link to the New York State‘s TAP-On-The-Web (TOTW) application.

After the two forms are completed on the web, you will need to complete a CUNY Financial Aid Supplement (eSupp) online by following the steps below:

  1. Go to www.cuny.edu choose "Log-In" and then 'CUNY PORTAL" to access your account
  2. On the home page Screen select 'ADMISSIONS/FINANCIALAID' on top of the page
  3. Select 'eFAP (Financial Aid)'
  4. Select 'Financial Aid' on the left sidebar to expand your selection view
  5. Choose 'Select Aid Year' and select the appropriate academic year from the pull down menu and click on the 'Save' button
  6. On the 'Application Status' screen click on the 'CUNY Supplement' link
  7. Complete and submit the form

It is recommended that you complete all forms no later than the 3rd week of the semester for which the APTS award is sought.

UNIQUE NATURE OF THE PROGRAM

APTS is a unique financial aid program. Unlike TAP and PELL grants, in which all students who are eligible will receive funding, all eligible APTS applicants will not. The reason for this is that the APTS program is funded for a limited number of dollars per academic year. Another feature of the APTS program is that the income levels for eligibility are higher than the income levels for TAP and PELL grants.

INCOME LIMITS

Eligibility for an award is based on New York State net taxable income from the preceding calendar year.

If students were eligible to be claimed as tax dependents by their parents, family New York State NET taxable income can be as much as $50,550 to qualify for an award. Family income includes student AND parents' income.

If students were not eligible to be claimed by their parents as tax dependents, their New York State NET taxable income (including spouse's income) can be as much as $34,250 to qualify for an award.

If students were not eligible to be claimed by their parents but were eligible to claim tax dependents other than self and/or spouse, New York State NET taxable income (including spouse's income) can be as much as $50,550 to qualify for an award.

HOW IS APTS AWARDED AND WHEN?

APTS awards are applied on a per-credit, per-semester basis and are awarded only during the fall and spring semesters. There are no APTS awards in the summer. If you apply early and meet the eligibility requirements of the program at the time you register for classes, an estimated APTS award should appear on your bill. At a later date, you will receive an APTS award letter confirming that the award was certified by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation.

HOW MUCH WILL I RECEIVE?

The amount of your APTS award will vary, depending on your income, the number of credits you are registered for and the availability of program funds. An APTS award cannot be more than the cost of your tuition. APTS awards at City Tech range from $15 to $65 per credit.


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