Grants - Federal & State

Grants - Federal & State

Grant money is awarded based on financial eligibility and does not have to be repaid. The following are the most common Grant programs available at John Jay:


Federal Pell Grant 

This federal entitlement program was instituted to help undergraduate matriculated students meet the cost of their education.  Pell grants are awarded to eligible students enrolled in a full-time program (12 or more credits).  Reduced grants are available to students enrolled part-time.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need.  Awards range from $200 to $2,155 per semester.  Students must apply each year.

Federal SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)

This federal grant is awarded to students who are enrolled at least half-time and demonstrate the greatest financial need.  Awards are $200 per semester.

SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge)

This special program is for a limited number of students entering college for the first time who are in need of academic and economic support.  To be eligible, a candidate must attend college as a full-time day student, and must be a New York State resident.  Financial eligibility is determined by two factors: a correlation between a household’s total annual income before taxes and the number of family members that income supports.  Students who apply to the SEEK program must also file for the Pell Grant (see Pell Grant section of this chapter) and TAP (see TAP section of this chapter).  Furthermore, if students show need under federal financial aid guidelines, they may be eligible for funds to cover the student activity fee and the cost of books, and may be granted a stipend (a fixed allowance that helps pay for educational expenses other than tuition).  For further information regarding academic criteria, visit the SEEK Program.

Tuition Benefits for Active New York State National Guard Members

This is a New York State tuition assistance program for active members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard and the New York Naval Militia.  It provides tuition assistance for active members enrolled in a first degree program of study.  The award covers tuition after all other financial aid has been applied to the tuition charges.  Students must apply for federal and state aid and file a DMNA 96-1 form, which can be obtained from their individual National Guard unit.  Continuation of the award will be dependent on good military standing, making satisfactory progress toward the degree and on maintaining good academic standing for financial aid purposes.

Uniformed Services Tuition Waiver Program

This program provides waiver funds for students employed as non-supervisory personnel in New York State as a uniformed member of a police, fire, corrections, or court agency.  Funding for this program varies each year.

Veterans Benefits: Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty (Chapter 30)

Under Chapter 30, individuals who entered military service on or after July 1, 1985 and had their basic military pay reduced by $100 per month for the first 12 months of service are generally eligible.  Active duty for three years, or two years active plus four years in the Selective Reserve or National Guard.  All questions regarding Veterans Benefits should be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services.

Veterans Benefits: Montgomery G.I. Bill – Selective Reserve (Chapter 1606)

Under Chapter 106, individuals who are satisfactorily participating in required training or who are fulfilling an obligated service of not less than six years in the Selective Reserve are eligible for benefits.  Eligible reservists are entitled to a maximum of 36 months of educational assistance based upon full-time training, or the equivalent in part-time training.  Questions regarding Veterans Benefits may be directed to the Office of Student Financial Services.