Figuring out how to pay for college can be stressful. We can help.
Touro College was established with the mission of serving and supporting diverse communities and offering world-class educational opportunities to all members of society. At Touro, making college affordable has always been a major priority and we understand that investing in a college education is one of the best decisions you can make. We also appreciate that many students need financial assistance when pursuing a college degree. Touro has always been committed to providing an affordable education, combining existing state and federal grants and investing millions of dollars in internal scholarships and grants annually to help students attain their educational and professional goals.
In April 2017, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of two new grant programs designed to help offset the cost of higher education tuition for families: the Excelsior Program and the Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA). The Excelsior Program is for eligible students who attend public colleges, like CUNY and SUNY. The ETA is a matching grant program for eligible students who enroll at New York’s private colleges and universities, like Touro. Not all private colleges and universities have opted into this program. Touro has, and has committed to match the State ETA dollar for dollar for qualified and state-approved students.
Will Touro be participating in the ETA program?
Yes. After careful consideration, Touro has made the decision to opt into the ETA program for the 2019-2020 academic year. The 2019-2020 ETA application is available and is due by August 15, 2019.
How does a student receive an ETA?
To be considered for the ETA, eligible students must complete the application process online and choose Touro College as their institution from a drop down menu.
PLEASE NOTE: Touro College does NOT make the final determination as to who receives the ETA. The State has created certain guidelines to determine how students are to be selected for receipt of these awards and such receipt is at the sole and absolute discretion of the State.
Who is eligible for these grant programs?
For the 2017-2018 academic year, New York State residents whose total family adjusted gross income was equal to or less than $100,000 (on 2015 tax returns) may qualify. The total family adjusted gross income threshold (for student and parents or student and spouse) increases to $110,000 for enrollment during the 2018-2019 academic year and to $125,000 for 2019-2020 enrollment.
There are additional eligibility requirements that must be met by applicants. Failing to meet any one of these requirements will make a student ineligible for the grants. These requirements include:
- Pursuing a first associate or bachelor’s degree.
- Maintaining the minimum grade point average (GPA) required for your program of study (or major).
- Completing a minimum of 30 credits that are applicable to your program during each year (including in prior years to be eligible for the award on a go forward basis).
- Students who enrolled in the 2015-2016 academic year must have completed a minimum of 54 combined credits applicable to his or her program by the end of the 2016-2017 academic year to be eligible for the 2018-2019 academic year if they have completed at least 90 credits after the 2017-2018 academic year.
- Students who enrolled in the 2016-2017 academic year must have completed a minimum of 24 combined credits applicable to his or her program by the end of the 2016-2017 academic year to be eligible for the 2018-2019 academic year if they have completed at least 60 credits after the 2017-2018 academic year.
- Living continuously in New York State post-college for as many years as you received the grant.
- Working continuously in New York State post-college for as many years as you received the grant.
PLEASE NOTE: It is possible that if you do not live and work continuously in New York after receiving your degree for the same number of years that you received the ETA (or Excelsior) award, any grant monies received automatically will convert into a loan that you must repay in full to the state.
If the state funding for the ETA program runs out before all eligible students receive their grants, eligible students may in fact be denied the grant. We understand that, in this case, the state has created a lottery process to decide who receives the grant, potentially causing eligible students to be declined.
Are both new and continuing students eligible for the ETA?
Yes. However, continuing students, who meet the requirements established by the state, will receive preference over new students if the ETA funding is not sufficient to meet the demand.
What if I already received or am about to receive my Touro financial aid package for 2019-2020?
For those who have applied for financial aid but have not yet received their financial aid package, we will continue to calculate eligibility based on current practices and regulations. But whether you have or have not already received a financial aid package, once students are informed that they will receive the ETA and that is communicated to us by the state, Touro will be able to evaluate any potential change to your financial aid package. Any questions you may have about your specific financial aid package should be directed to the TouroOne HelpDesk (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 646-565-6552).
Where can I go for more information?
This is a new program offered by New York State. Accordingly, you can check for periodic updates and register for electronic alerts at https://www.hesc.ny.gov/ . If you have any Touro College specific questions please contact the TouroOne Helpdesk (Email: email@example.com, Phone: 646-565-6552) with any questions.
**All information provided on this page is provided for information purposes only. Every reasonable effort is made to present current and accurate information. Touro makes no guarantees of any kind and cannot be held liable for any outdated or incorrect information presented herein. Act as you may but please note that Touro expressly disclaims all liability with respect to actions taken or not taken by the recipient based on any or all of the information or other contents on this page.
The Office of Financial Aid is committed to helping all students understand how they can finance their college education.
Whether you’re interested in applying for loans, grants, or scholarships, our counselors can assist you in understanding your options and obligations and work with you to help ensure you receive all the aid for which you qualify. Our services are confidential.
Financial Aid Options
NYSCAS students may apply for:
- Federal Loan/Grant Programs
- New York State Tuition Assistance (TAP)
- External Scholarships
- Work Study
- Private Loans
For most options, you will need to complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year you wish to receive aid.