Scholarships Available for Part-Time Students at SUNY, CUNY Community Colleges

ALBANY — Students enrolled part-time in a SUNY or CUNY community college now have an opportunity to apply for tuition awards through a New York State higher education scholarship program.

Launched with the 2017-2018 school year, the New York State Part-time Scholarship Award Program offers tuition assistance to students taking at least 6 credits but fewer than 12 credits per semester. Students are eligible for tuition awards for a maximum of four consecutive academic semesters.

“The New York State Part-time Scholarship Award is a great program that offers part-time students an opportunity for help with tuition as they continue their education and pursue a college degree,” said Cayuga Community College Vice President of Student Affairs Jeffrey Rosenthal. “I urge eligible students at Cayuga Community College or any community college in the SUNY and CUNY system to consider applying to this program.”

PTS Award recipients are determined based on financial need, and awards cover the cost of six credit hours or $1,500 per semester, whichever is less.

There are several eligibility requirements in the PTS Award Program, including that students must reside in New York State, they must have graduated high school or earned a high school equivalency diploma, and they must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. A full listing of requirements can be found at

Students with disabilities under the Americans With Disabilities Act who meet all scholarship requirements are eligible for awards if they are enrolled in at least three credits. They must also be registered with their college office for students with disabilities to be eligible.

Application deadlines for the remainder of the 2017-2018 school year are due by April 27. Applications for the 2018-2019 school year must be submitted by July 27. Information on applying can be found at

Questions can be directed to the Scholarship Unit at or at 1-888-697-4372.