Grants and Scholarships


Grants and scholarships are considered "gift aid" because they are free money: financial aid that doesn't have to be repaid. Students can receive scholarships from a variety of sources and for a variety of reasons. Eligibility is determined each year after you complete the FAFSA, TAP, and any other applications.

Federal Grants

The federal government provides grant funds for students attending FLCC. The major federal grant programs at FLCC are the Pell and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG).


  • Awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need
  • Lifetime eligibility is limited to 12 semesters or the equivalent
  • Must file the FAFSA to determine eligibility


Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

  • Must be eligible for a Pell Grant to be considered
  • Students taking 3 credits or more in their degree program and completed the FAFSA by March 15 are given first consideration
  • Funds are limited

Federal Grants

New York State Aid

New York offers financial aid to full-time and part-time students attending a NYS college.

Excelsior Scholarship

The Excelsior Scholarship provides tuition-free college at New York State's public colleges and universities to eligible New Yorkers making up to $125,000.

Determining eligibility for the Excelsior Scholarship is a two-part process:

  1. After applying for the scholarship through HESC, you'll receive a notification regarding your status. If you have met HESC's requirements, your information will be sent to FLCC for further review.
  2. FLCC will then review transcripts and other documentation and your current financial aid awards, and if you meet the scholarship requirements, you will receive notification from FLCC confirming your eligibility and the amount of your Excelsior scholarship.

Recipients of the Excelsior Scholarship may receive an award up to the full cost of tuition. The maximum award provided by the Excelsior Scholarship is reduced by the amount of other grants and scholarships a student receives for the academic year.

Excelsior Scholarship

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

New York State residents planning to attend a SUNY college — including FLCC — should apply for the New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). TAP is available for eligible students taking 6 or more credit hours per semester in their program of study.

The easiest way to apply for TAP is through the FAFSA. The FAFSA application process will automatically link you to the TAP application if:

  • You are a New York State resident, and
  • You included at least one approved SUNY college on your FAFSA.

Depending on the academic year in which you begin study, an annual TAP award can be up to $5,665. Because TAP is a grant, you do not have to pay it back. TAP awards are based on NYS net taxable income and other factors.

NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Part-Time TAP for Non-Degree Programs

Students interested in workforce development and part-time programs within high-demand, growing fields are now eligible to receive Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) awards. New York State students enrolled in non-degree programs may qualify for grants covering a portion of their tuition expenses.

At FLCC, these eligible programs include:

  • Business Entrepreneurial Studies
  • CASAC Completion Pathway I
  • CASAC Completion Pathway II
  • CASAC Completion Pathway III
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Cloud Computing
  • Foundations in Advanced Manufacturing
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Technical Theatre

SUNY takes pride in offering workforce development programs that lead to upward mobility for New Yorkers, providing pathways to future degrees and certificates.

Part-Time TAP for Non-Degree Programs

Other NYS Aid

New York State offers various grants, scholarships and awards. Detailed program eligibility and application information is available at the Higher Education Services Corporation website.

NYS Grants, Scholarships & Loan Programs

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) offers financial and academic support to eligible students. It's open to New York State residents who meet academic and financial requirements. Review the full eligibility requirements and program details before applying.

Educational Opportunity Program at FLCC

SUNY Advancing Success in Associate Pathways

SUNY ASAP provides enhanced academic support, financial assistance, and more to eligible students. Participation is limited to students who enroll in an approved degree program and qualify for New York in-state tuition and Pell aid. Review the full eligibility requirements and program details before applying.


FLCC Foundation Scholarships

Finger Lakes Community College offers many scholarship opportunities for qualifying students. Browse our current scholarships and review eligibility guidelines online.

Find FLCC Foundation Scholarships

Out-of-State Financial Aid Programs

Out-of-state residents are encouraged to apply for any available grants from the state they reside in.

View Contacts by State

Contact Us

For questions related to financial aid, please contact the One Stop Center as your first point of contact. They will guide your next steps.

One Stop Center
Room 1045
(585) 785-1000
(585) 394-1735