Ability to Benefit

A requirement for Federal or State aid that applies to students admitted to the college who have not yet earned a high school diploma or GED (that is, students admitted under the Manhattan Discretionary or 24 college credit admissions option). If you are admitted to the college without a high school diploma or GED, you must take and pass a test of basic education approved by the U.S. Department of Education before receiving any Federal or State financial aid.

As of July 1, 2012, new students admitted to the college without a high school diploma [and who were not home schooled] will no longer be eligible to receive federal student aid. Students admitted to the 24 college credit program prior to 7-1-2012 will continue to be eligible for federal student aid.

An additional ATB requirement for State aid also applies to regular students who didn't earn their diploma from a U.S. high school. If your diploma was not from a U.S. high school, you must take a state-approved ATB test to qualify for NYS aid even if you were admitted as a regular student. ATB tests are administered through the college's Testing Office and must be taken before classes begin in order to qualify for New York State tuition assistance.