Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)


APTS Eligibility

To be considered for an APTS award, students must:
  • Enroll part-time as matriculated students in approved undergraduate degree programs or registered certificate programs at degree-granting institutions in New York State
  • Meet the program income limits
  • Be New York State residents and either United States citizens or qualifying non-citizens
  • Have a tuition charge of a least $100 per year
  • Not have used up Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility
  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Not be in default on a Federal Family Education Loan
  • Have achieved at least a cumulative "C" average after having received the equivalent of two full years of payment of State-sponsored student financial aid
  • Be a high school graduate, or receive the equivalent of a high school certificate, or receive a passing grade on a federally-approved examination if receiving a State-sponsored award for the first time in the 1996-97 academic year.
How to Apply for an APTS

To apply, an APTS application must be obtained from the Office of Financial Aid. The student should complete the application, and return it to this Office for processing as early as possible, as funds are limited.

Study Requirements

For this program, part-time study means being enrolled for at least:
  • 3 but less than 12 semester hours per semester.
  • 4 but less than 8 semester hours per quarter.
Income Limits

Eligibility for an APTS 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. Spouse’s income must be included if they were married on or before December 31 of the previous calendar year.
  • 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. Spouse’s income must be included if they were married on or before December 31 of the previous calendar year.
APTS Amount

Awards provide up to $2,000 per year for part-time undergraduate study at participating Institutions in New York State. An APTS award cannot exceed tuition charges.

Selection for an APTS Award

The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC) distributes APTS funds to participating colleges in New York State. College financial aid administrators will select recipients from eligible students. Colleges decide who to award APTS funds to based on the funds they have available and students' needs.