What other sources of financial aid should I check out?
Apart from the federal and state financial aid programs described in this web site, there are a number of other sources of financial assistance to help you meet your costs of education.
- If you (or your parents) are employed, ask your company or labor union if it has a tuition reimbursement program.
- Check to see if the church or community organization you (or your parents) belong to has an educational grant or scholarship program.
- If you are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces (or the child of a veteran), you may be eligible for veterans' educational benefits. Learn about your eligibility for these benefits at the Veterans Administration GI Bill website or contact the college's veteran's counselor in the Office of Student Affairs.
- If you have served in the armed forces in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf or Afghanistan, you may be eligible for a New York State Veterans Tuition Award. Learn about your eligibility for this award and download an application at the Higher Education Services Corporation website.
- You may be eligible for an American Opportunity or Lifetime Learning education credit, either of which you may claim when you file your taxes. You could also qualify for a tuition and fees income tax deduction. Learn more about these important tax benefits at: Tax Benefits for Higher Education.
- Adult Career & Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) is a NYS government office that provides a variety of educationally related services and some financial assistance for eligible students. For more information, visit New York State's ACCES-VR Services website or contact your local ACCES-VR office.
- If you are a recipient of public assistance, you may qualify for Training Related Expense (TRE) payments through the Office of Employment Services (OES) of the Human Resources Administration. For more information concerning your eligibility for TRE payments, contact your local OES center.
- If you are in foster care, were adopted from foster care after age 16, or have been aged out of foster care, and are between the ages of 17 and 20, you may be eligible for financial assistance for college and vocational training through the New York Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program. Learn more about the program and fill out an online application at: www.statevoucher.org.
- The New York State Department of Education, in conjunction with the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), makes a number of academic merit and service awards each year. For more information about nearly a dozen NYS-sponsored academic award programs, visit HESC's Grants, Scholarships and Awards.
- In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11 in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania, the World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship was established for the victims and families of victims of the attacks. Visit the WTC Memorial Scholarship Information Page to learn more about this and other scholarship resources available to victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
- BMCC offers more scholarships than any other CUNY college to students who have attained a high degree of academic excellence. You are encouraged to visit our Scholarships page for information about any of these scholarships.
- If you wish to conduct your own scholarship searches, we can recommend the following free scholarship search pages:
We do not recommend the use of any scholarship search that charges a fee. If you have to pay money to get money, it's probably a scam. Learn how to avoid fraud in your search for scholarship money at the US Department of Education's Scholarship Scams web page.
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