New York State Awards


Military Service Recognition Scholarship (MSRS)

·   Provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of members of the armed forces of the United States or of a state organized militia who, at any time on or after Aug. 2, 1990, while a New York State resident, died or became severely and permanently disabled while engaged in hostilities or training for hostilities.

·   Be enrolled as a full-time student taking 12 or more credits per semester.

·   For study in New York State.

·   Covers an amount equal to your actual tuition or the State University of New York’s (SUNY) in-state tuition, whichever is less.

·   May also cover non-tuition costs such as books, supplies, and housing.

·   Applications can be completed and submitted online here.


Veterans Tuition Award (VTA)

·   Under this program, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, or other eligible combat veterans matriculated at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State.

·   Awards for full or part-time study.

·   Eligible for up to eight semesters of full-time undergraduate study in a four-year program.

·   Applications can be completed online here.

Applications must apply for payment each year by completing the FAFSA application and linking to the TAP on the Web application.