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 $6,195 for the 2019-2020 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 $100 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) and Enhanced Tuition Awards (ETA) – 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. Students who apply for and are approved for ETA can receive up to $6,000 per year so long as all program requirements are met each term and annually. Apply for TAP and ETA online tap.hesc.ny.gov. LIU’s TAP and ETA school code is 0403.
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 - $6,000
$1 - $2,499
Summer: May 1 Winter: December 1
Once complete, please submit Application to the Enrollment Services office on your campus for processing.
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:
Admissions Merit Awards—based on HS average, GPA, and/or SAT/ACT scores, renewable annually, available to first-year and transfer students
Alumni and Sibling Scholarships—renewable annually, available to first-year 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 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. To apply for a work study position on campus, click here.
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.ed.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 details on how to apply for a parent visit studentloans.gov. To apply for the Graduate PLUS loan, simply go into your MyLIU account and select Campus Finances, Financial Aid, and Select Aid Year to Review. From here, choose Accept/Decline awards and either accept your PLUS loan to borrow the maximum amount available, or select reduce if you want to borrow a lesser amount, for instance, if you only want to cover billed charges. Please speak with your counselor or coach if you have questions on how much to request if reducing your loan to take into consideration loan fees.
HRSA 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 in amount, 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 Pharm.D.