New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced the concept of “free tuition” at public institutions, effective Fall 2017, for students who are New York state residents and U.S. citizens who demonstrate family incomes of less than $125,000. But there’s a catch. In order to receive “free tuition” students must:
And if the funding runs short? Students may be denied the free tuition grant altogether. A state-run lottery will decide who receives the grant, forcing many eligible families to be turned away.
Scholarships and grants are important and we know that. Adelphi awards financial aid to 94 percent of its full-time undergraduates* and the average financial aid package in Fall 2016 was $21,500. Awarding more than $62 million in institutional aid, Adelphi is committed to affordability.
When comparing costs, compare total costs—not just the cost of tuition. “Free tuition” does not cover the costs of fees, room and board. You’ll likely find that the final out-of-pocket cost at Adelphi may be quite comparable, given the generous financial aid packages we offer.
There are no strings attached with Adelphi’s scholarships—as long as you keep your grades strong. You will have access to small classes, access to passionate professors, mentoring and the high-impact learning opportunities needed for your career success. And the best part? You can work wherever you’d like after graduation. We care about your happiness and success.
Adelphi’s mission—to transform the lives of students through a personalized approach—makes an Adelphi education well worth the cost. Strong graduation rates, low loan default rates, high graduate average salaries and small class sizes matter. Adelphi will give you the tools you need to succeed.
*(As of fall 2016)
Students that are New York state residents and US citizens who demonstrate family incomes less than $125,000 are considered eligible for the award. (This will be a phased-in approach: eligibility will extend to families with incomes up to $100,000 in year one – Fall 2017, $110,000 in year two – Fall 2018, and $125,000 in year three – Fall 2019.) There are stipulations required to receive “free tuition” including:
If the above requirements are not met at any point, the student loses all eligibility for the award.
Additionally, students must commit to residing and working in New York state after graduation for as long as they received the grant (i.e. if a student receives the Excelsior Award for four years, (s)he must reside and work in New York for at least four years). If a student fails to uphold this agreement, the grant must be repaid in its entirety (essentially converting to a loan).
No. There is only $87 million dollars of funding behind this grant program. If more students are eligible than total funding supports, the state will turn to a lottery-based system to determine who receives the grant, forcing many eligible families to be turned away. As we understand it, currently enrolled students will receive priority consideration over new freshmen or transfer students.
No. This grant only covers tuition costs. Fees, room, and board charges are all extra and will be the student’s responsibility to pay. Other incidental expenses such as textbooks and travel will also be the student’s responsibility to pay.
No. TAP will be kept separate and without any strings attached. The application process will remain the same and award amounts will not change. TAP awards can range from $500 to $5,165 depending on a variety of factors such as family income.
Under the new legislation, the Enhanced Tuition Award was created. In order to receive this award, private colleges and universities must opt in to this program – at a cost. If a private college opts in, they must freeze tuition for the recipient throughout the length of time the student is receiving the award. Colleges must also commit to matching the award dollar for dollar, above and beyond the existing institutional aid packages.
The maximum Enhanced Tuition Award is $3,000 (and when coupled with the required institutional match, the maximum award package totals $6,000).
This award is funded by only $19 million dollars and so eligibility will be limited. Similar to the Excelsior Award, if more students are eligible than total funding supports, the state will turn to a lottery-based system to determine who receives the grant, forcing many eligible families to be turned away. As we understand it, currently enrolled students will receive priority consideration over new freshmen or transfer students.
Adelphi, like many other private institutions in New York, is waiting on further guidance from the state regarding roll-out details of the Enhanced Tuition Award program before we can make an informed decision about participation.
Affordability is top of mind at Adelphi University. We are committed to making an investment in Adelphi pay off for students. Our mission—to transform each student’s life through our personalized approach—makes an Adelphi education well worth the cost. Our students and their families have access to top-notch financial counseling and resources for timely degree completion.
Payscale has rated Adelphi graduates in the top third in the nation for salaries within one year of graduation. And 92 percent of our graduates are either working, or in graduate school, within that same time period.
Students have access to small classes, passionate professors, mentoring and the high-impact learning opportunities needed for career success.
It is not surprising that Adelphi has been named a Best Buy by the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 11 straight years—one of only 26 private institutions nationwide recognized for our affordability and academic strength.
Adelphi graduates are working in every industry, all over New York and the nation, and many alumni mentor graduates and offer internships and careers. This is the kind of personal attention that has helped Adelphi’s students achieve their personal and professional goals.
Students have a transformative and personalized journey waiting for them right here at Adelphi University.