Yes. Students who are currently attending college are eligible to receive an award, provided they are currently on track to complete their degree on time, and their college participates in the ETA program.

Award recipients need to earn a passing grade to maintain their Enhanced Tuition Awards, provided they earn a total of 30 credits over the course of a year.

Recipients should keep in mind that they may have other awards that also carry academic standards that differ from those required for the Enhanced Tuition Awards.

A student who transferred between colleges is eligible for an Enhanced Tuition Award if they are on track to complete on time based on the number of credits accepted by their current college, the college is participating, and they are selected to receive an award at that college.

You can lose the scholarship if you do not continue to meet all eligibility requirements. For example, you must enroll in at least 12 credits per term and complete 30 credits per year to continue to receive the scholarship.

Yes, provided the college that you are attending accepts all the credits you earned in completing your associate degree and you meet all other requirements for the Enhanced Tuition Award.

Yes. You must live in New York State for the number of years equal to the awards you received.

  • For example, if you received four Enhanced Tuition Awards while getting your bachelor’s degree, you must live in New York State for four years after college.

In addition, if you are working during those years, you must work in New York State. 

Failure to meet these requirements will result in the conversion of your award to a loan.


No. Students with disabilities under the ADA are allowed to attend on a part-time basis, and their award will be prorated.

Dependent students must report their own annual gross income and the annual gross income of their parents or their spouse, as applicable. 

Yes. Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) students are eligible for the ETA. HEOP students must earn 24 credits per year and be on track to complete their degree in 5 years. If eligible, the award amount would be calculated by subtracting the recipient’s TAP award from the $6,000 award, with half of the remaining balance paid by ETA and half paid by the college. 

A student who experiences a family loss would be granted an allowable leave of absence and would not lose eligibility upon returning to the same college or university. 

Students can apply to both but must select a college and a program prior to signing the contract.