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1-888-NYS-HESC (1-888-697-4372)


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George E. Pataki, Governor   
World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship Application Instructions
General Information and Eligibility
World Trade Center Memorial Scholarships provide financial aid to children, spouses or financial dependents of deceased/disabled persons who have died, or who have become severely and permanently disabled, and survivors who were severely and permanently disabled during the Sept. 11th attacks or rescue and recovery operation.

Awards are made for full-time undergraduate study at approved colleges and other postsecondary institutions in New York State. Awards are made for study in:
  • Collegiate programs of at least one year's duration leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate.
  • Hospital programs leading to licensure or certification in nursing or other fields of medical or health-technology.
  • Two-year programs in registered private business schools.

NOTE: New York State resident family members who were enrolled in undergraduate programs at U.S. colleges or universities located outside of New York State on Sept. 11, 2001 are also eligible for scholarship payment at that school.

Scholarship Amounts
World Trade Center Memorial Scholarships provide funds to help meet the cost of attending college.

The award covers up to four years of full-time undergraduate study (or five years in an approved five-year bachelor's degree program) and includes the following components:
  • At a public college or university (SUNY or CUNY): actual tuition and mandatory educational fees; actual room and board charged to the student for students living on campus or an allowance for room and board for commuter students; and allowances for books, supplies and transportation.
  • At a private institution: an allowance equal to SUNY four-year college tuition and mandatory educational fees (or student's actual tuition and fees, whichever is less) and allowances for room and board, books, supplies and transportation.

Receipt of other grants and scholarships may reduce the World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship award: the total of all aid received cannot be greater than the student's cost of attendance.
" " How to Apply for a World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship
You must provide the information requested on the application and submit it and the necessary supporting documentation to the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) at the address above.

Complete lines 1-12 on the application form as follows:
1- 5. Enter the information requested regarding applicant.
6.  Enter your e-mail address.
7.   Enter the month and year you will or did begin college and the name of the college if known.
8. Indicate relationship to deceased/disabled.
Documentation required:
• Self - evidence of disability.
• Spouse - marriage license.
• Child - birth certificate or evidence of dependency
• Financial dependent - documents proving shared finances, such as, joint ownership of bank accounts, other personal or real estate property, credit cards or renter's lease; or other evidence of financial dependence.
9 - 11. Enter the information requested regarding the deceased or disabled family member. Attach supporting documentation showing that death/disability was the result of injuries sustained during the Sept. 11th attacks or rescue and recovery operations.
12. Enter your signature and date.
(NOTE: Since all documentation is retained by HESC, submit only copies, not original documents. Failure to provide complete or legible documentation could result in a delay in the determination of your eligibility for this scholarship.)
Filing Instructions
  • This application may be submitted and eligibility for a World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship may be established at any time. Although you do not have to submit a World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship application every year, you must submit an application for payment in each year you wish to receive a World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship.
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in association with the Express TAP Application (ETA) should be submitted to request payment
Information provided on this application will be maintained in files by the Division of Grants and Scholarships of the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation. The Director of Grants and Scholarship, HESC, 99 Washington Ave., Albany, New York 12255, 1-888-697-4372 is responsible for the maintenance of these records. This information is required to determine eligibility for a World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship for which this application is submitted and will be released to your school for purposes of verification. Failure to provide information requested may result in the denial of an award. This information is being collected under the authority of New York State Education Law 661,subdivision (2).
Disclosure of your social security number is mandatory and has been authorized by NYS Education Law 661, subdivision (2).

We need these numbers to establish your eligibility, to keep your records, and to confirm the information which you provide.

We do not discriminate against disabled persons in our employment practices or in the administration of our programs, activities or services.
H8227B (Rev. 03/2003)