Federal and state grants typically do not require repayment and are renewable if certain conditions are met.
Pell Grants – Awarded to undergraduate students with financial need who have not yet earned a bachelor’s or a professional degree. Amounts can change yearly and are awarded for no more than 12 semesters. The maximum Federal Pell Grant was $5,815 for the 2016-2017 award year. The amount you can receive depends on your financial need, cost of attendance, enrollment status, and number of terms attended per year.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) – Awarded to Pell Grant recipients with additional financial need on a first-come, first-served basis. You can receive between $500 and $4,000 per year, depending on your financial need, when you apply, the amount of other aid you receive, and the availability of funds.
Aid for Military Families – As a designated “Military Friendly School,” LIU has a proud and distinguished history of serving its nation’s active duty service members and veterans and their families. The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) offers generous education benefits for veterans and their families.
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) – New York’s largest grant program, helps eligible New York residents attending in-state postsecondary institutions pay for tuition. TAP grants are based on the applicant’s and his or her family’s New York State taxable income and can range up to $5,165 per year. Apply for TAP online at hesc.ny.gov. LIU’s TAP school code is 0403.
Enhanced Tuition Awards (ETA) - Awards of up to $6,000 are available for resident students enrolled in a private college in New York State. Awards will be phased in over three years, beginning for New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually in the Fall of 2017, increasing to $110,000 in 2018, and reaching $125,000 in 2019. ETA recipients can receive up to $6,000 through a combination of their TAP award, ETA award and a match from their private college. Students are eligible to get an award for up to two years when pursuing an associate’s degree and up to four years when pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Students in an undergraduate program of study normally requiring five years (HEOP) are eligible to receive the award for five years. Award recipients need to earn a passing grade to maintain their Enhanced Tuition Awards, provided they earn a total of 30 credits over the course of a year. Students with disabilities under the ADA are allowed to attend on a part-time basis and their award will be prorated.
Enhanced Tuition Awards (ETA) -
NYS Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) – The APTS provides grant assistance for eligible New York State residents who are part-time students enrolled in approved undergraduate studies.
Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) – This program is specially designed for New York State residents who are economically disadvantaged and educationally underprepared. Co-sponsored by the New York State Education Department and LIU, the program offers a wide range of support services including tutoring, academic advisement, financial aid, and career and personal counseling.
Other New York State Grants and Awards
Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarships
Flight 587 Memorial Scholarships Military Service Recognition Scholarship
NYS Scholarships for Academic Excellence
NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship
NYS Aid to Native Americans
NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Scholarship
Veterans Tuition Awards
NYS Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans
NYS Memorial Scholarships for Families of Deceased Firefighters, Volunteer Firefighters, Police Officers, Peace Officers, and Emergency Medical Service Workers
The LIU Travel Grant program provides aid to undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need who wish to attend courses that takes place outside the United States during the Winter and/or Summer terms. In order to be eligible for this award, students must be in good financial standing, file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid at fafsa.gov, and be qualified to receive a Federal Pell Grant. Visiting and graduate students are not eligible for this award. Travel insurance and fees associated with the course are the student’s responsibility and must be paid in full prior to departure to receive this award. Award amounts are based on the Pell chart below and apply only to the tuition and fees associated with the course. This award does not apply to other expenses such as travel, lodging, etc.
Travel Grant Amount
$2,500 - $5,499
$1 - $2,499
Summer: May 1 Winter: December 1
Once complete, please submit Application to the Enrollment Services office on your campus for processing.
Travel Grant FAQs
1. How are “study abroad courses” defined for the purposes of this award?
Study Abroad programs include any course that takes place outside the United States and is offered during the Winter or Summer sessions.
2. How is eligibility determined?
Undergraduate students who have filed a FAFSA for the current term and qualified for a Pell Grant are eligible to receive this award.
3. What types of costs can an award apply to?
An award can apply up to $1,000 towards the tuition and fees associated with a course. The award does not apply to other expenses that may be associated with the course, such as travel, lodging, etc.
4. Will I be required to expand my existing student health insurance coverage as a participant in a study abroad course?
The University provides students studying abroad with accident and sickness insurance during the length of the course at a nominal per diem rate which will be billed to your student account.
5. What is the deadline for filing my application?
Summer travel applications are due by May 1st; winter applications are due by December 1st.
6. When will I be notified if I’ve qualified for an award?
You will be notified within one business day of filing your application with the Enrollment Services office on your campus.
7. Do I need to be a full-time student to qualify?
Students must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program; visiting and graduate students are not eligible for this award.
8. Can I qualify for more than one award if I take multiple student abroad courses in a given winter and/or summer session?
Students can only apply for one award each session.
Long Island University maintains an extensive program of scholarships and grants-in-aid based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need. Awards are usually made as part of the admission process. Institutional scholarships may be combined with government supported grants and loans into a single financial aid package. Scholarships and grants are normally applied to tuition and fees. They can range from several hundred dollars to full tuition and do not require repayment. Scholarships may be reduced or canceled if requested applications and verification documents are not received by the stated deadlines. Need-based scholarships do not automatically renew for the same amount in subsequent years. Changes in need calculations, late FAFSA submission, or refusal of a subsidized student loan may result in a modified award.
Undergraduate Students – U.S. citizens and permanent residents must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov to be considered for a financial aid package. All undergraduate students are considered for scholarships based on their academic merit. Availability of institutional merit-based scholarships varies according to academic program. Students who file a FAFSA will be considered for institutional scholarships based on merit and demonstrated financial need. U.S. citizens and eligible residents may qualify for U.S. government and New York State fellowships and grants based on merit and financial need.
Graduate Students – Applicants for graduate school who are seeking financial aid should notify their prospective academic department early in the application process. Graduate students are automatically considered for university merit-based scholarships and fellowships as part of the admission process. Note however: For U.S. citizens and permanent residents, limited scholarship funds are usually combined with government supported grants and loans in a financial aid package, so applicants must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Available scholarships include:
Merit Awards - Renewable Annually, Available to First Year and Transfer Students
Presidential Honors Scholarship
Alumni, Sibling and Legacy Scholarships
Art, Theater, Dance, Music & Film Scholarships
Athletic Scholarships (Full & Partial)
High School Scholars Awards
Individual, Corporate & Endowed Scholarships
Nassau and Suffolk Community College Scholarship (Transfer students)
Scholarships are available from a wide variety of organizations based on merit, nationality, specific areas of study or talent, and more. Look at private organizations, like your church, the Kiwanis Club, or your parents’ employer. They often have scholarships available that no one applies for because they don’t know they exist. Utilize FREE Web-based scholarship searches like FASTWEB and the College Board to find additional resources for your education. Some private scholarship programs are specifically designed for students who were rejected for federal financial aid, so even if you don't think you'll qualify for federal aid, file the FAFSA.
The Federal Work-Study Program provides on-campus jobs to students with financial need. The money earned may be applied to students’ tuition, educational needs, or personal expenses. To receive Work-Study a student must apply for financial assistance by completing a FAFSA form and demonstrate need as determined by the federal government. Students can work up to 20 hours per week after the start of each semester. Summer employment is also available. Work study monetary awards are listed on students’ My LIU accounts. If Work-Study is awarded, the student will be placed in an on-campus job by Career Services, pending availability of positions.
Jumpstart: This program pairs college students with preschoolers to help the children build language, literacy and social skills in educational settings. As a Jumpstart employee, you can earn your College Work-Study award and have the potential to earn an additional educational award of up to $1,132 while you make a difference in the life of a child. Contact Scott Jeffers at 718-780-4379 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal America Reads Program: This federally funded program places students who qualify through their financial aid packages in positions in educational settings. Students receive ongoing teaching and leadership training to prepare them as educators and as leaders. Interested students should pick up an application at the Office of Career Services, Pratt 510.
Students who have completed Work-Study or were unable to obtain Work-Study from the Federal Work Study Program may apply for on-campus budget jobs working for a campus department and getting paid directly from that department's budget. At times, budget jobs may be difficult to get as most departments fill their support staff with Work-Study students. Students can also ask their professors if they have budget opportunities, or check Aramark (LIU Brooklyn’s food service), the pool and fitness center at Steinberg Wellness Center, Kumble Theater, the Library, and Admissions as these entities frequently have budget positions to fill.
The Graduate Assistantship program provides on-campus employment in a variety of settings to eligible graduate students. To be considered for a graduate assistantship, you must meet all of the conditions described below. If you should qualify, both new and current students are required to submit a Graduate Assistantship Application. Applications on the Brooklyn campus should be forwarded to Dean Maria Vogelstein, M306; Post campus applications should be forwarded to the appropriate Dean’s Office.
Full-time and part-time graduate tuition awards are available that provide up to 9 credits of aid for students based on their enrollment for the term. Graduate stipend awards, in the form of a monthly check, are also available for students registered for a minimum of 3 credits per term. Students receiving stipend awards must fill out all appropriate forms (I-9, W4 and IT-2104) and submit appropriate identification.
Assistants are expected to work on campus during the hours scheduled by the sponsoring department. A new application is required for each semester that you wish to be considered for an assistantship, by the deadlines stated below. Applications are not renewed automatically.
Domestic Student Requirements
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov.
Make satisfactory payment arrangements with the Enrollment Services office on campus.
You must maintain a cumulative and term GPA of 3.0 or greater.
You may submit only one application to one department per semester. Service for your position may not exceed 20 hours per week.
If you are also receiving a graduate scholarship, the sum of the scholarship amount and dollar equivalent of the graduate assistantship cannot exceed your tuition charges for the term.
Students enrolled in the Pharm.D. and Doctor of Physical Therapy program are not eligible for graduate assistantships.
Graduate assistants must be registered for the term that they are receiving the assistantship (i.e., graduate assistants cannot apply credit hours worked in one semester toward tuition for another semester).
Additional International Student Requirements
Complete your F1 visa status with the Admissions Office. Students with expired I-20s or out of status are not eligible.
Complete the Employment Eligibility Verification Form with the Admissions office.
All federal and private loans must be repaid with interest. Borrow wisely. To learn about responsible borrowing, estimate repayment, and managing student loans, visit studentloans.gov.
William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program – The Direct Loan Program is the best financing option for a student to pursue and should be considered before any private educational loan options. The loan is available to students regardless of the level of financial need. There are subsidized and unsubsidized options available.
The Federal Direct PLUS Loan is a credit-worthy loan for the parent or legal guardian of a dependent student or a graduate student who has borrowed the maximum annual amount of Direct Loan assistance. The loan is available to students regardless of the level of financial need. For more details on how to apply for a parent PLUS or a graduate PLUS click here. (Federal Direct PLUS Loan Information and Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Information.)
Federal Perkins Loan – Perkins Loans are low interest federal loans for students with exceptional financial need. Students can borrow up to $5,000 per year at an interest rate of five percent, subject to the availability of funds.
Health Professions Loan (HPL) – HPL Loans are available to pharmacy majors who provide parental information on their FAFSA application. The loan carries a fixed interest rate of five percent and ranges from $5,000 and up, depending on need and availability of funds. Repayment for the HPL Loans begin one year after graduation, termination of at least part-time studies or immediately for students who change their major from pharmacy.