Apply for Aid

At first, financial aid applications can be intimidating, but our expert staff will help you navigate the process until you cross the commencement stage, degree in hand. It’s a degree worth having: Maritime College is consistently ranked among the best institutions in the country for salary potential and for return on investment.

Financial aid consists of fund provided to students and families to help pay for postsecondary educational expenses. Our office primarily assists students with securing federal and state funds in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study.

Maritime institutional scholarships are also available for students. New students are automatically considered for merit scholarships through the Admissions process. Continuing students may apply for need and merit-based scholarships during the academic year.


Federal Aid: FAFSA

File your FAFSA

If you are a U.S. citizen and eligible non-citizen who wants to be considered for financial aid, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


  • February 1 for new students enrolling in the fall semester

  • March 1 for continuing students 

  • November 1 for spring enrollment

If you mis the priority deadline, you may still receive some financial assistance, but certain aid may not be available. 

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Please begin your application for Federal Aid here.


Request for Additional Information

Every year, a few applicants are selected at random and asked to verify the information submitted on the FAFSA. In those cases, and in any instance where an application appears to include inaccurate or conflicting information, Financial Aid will request additional documentation or other verification. If you receive such a request, please provide the information requested within 45 days to ensure the timely disbursement fo financial and and to avoid forfeiting or reductions to your financial aid.

Disqualification for Federal Student Aid

FAFSA filers are advised that a criminal conviction for violating state or federal drug laws can disqualify a student for federal student aid if the offense occurred during a period in which the student was receiving Title IV aid. The official policy statement is summarized below. Conspiring to sell drugs counts as sale of drugs.

Offense Possession of Illegal Drugs Sale of iIllegal Drugs
1st offense 1 year from date of conviction 2 years from date of conviction
2nd offense 2 years from date of conviction Indefinite period
3rd offense Indefinite period  

State aid includes TAP grant, Excelsior Scholarship, STEM Incentive Program and other scholarships.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulations require that schools monitor the academic progress of each application who receives federal assistance, and that schools certify the student is making satisfactory academic progress toward their degree.

This determination of progress is made at least once a year, usually at the end of the spring semester, after grades are released and before financial aid is disbursed for the following term. The SAP appeal form is available here.

If students are on financial aid probation, SAP is reviewed every semester. Decisions for academic probation and institutional scholarship eligibility are separate from this process.

State Aid: TAP, Excelsior, NYS STEM Incentive

TAP Grants

If you are an undergraduate New York State resident who wants to be considered for a state grant, you must complete the TAP application.

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To APply

Learn about the TAP Grant and other scholarship programs, and file your state grant application here.


Excelsior Scholarship

The Excelsior Scholarship makes it possible for students whose families earn less than $110,000 adjusted gross income (AGI) a year to attend a SUNY school tuition-free. 

The scholarship is administered by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation.


The spring 2019 deadline will be announced soon. 


To complete the Excelsior application, you need:

  • Copies of your 2016 New York State income tax return(s) filed by you and your parent(s) or your spouse, as applicable

  • To complete the 2018-19 FAFSA and TAP application 

  • Your Student Aid Report (SAR), which you received when you filed your completed FAFSA

  • Your current unofficial college transcript, showing the number of credits you earned each year prior to applying for this program if you have previously attended college

Learn about and apply for the Excelsior Scholarship here.


NYS STEM Incentive Program

Students interested in pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or math may qualify for the New York State STEM Incentive Program. 

This scholarship offers a full-SUNY tuition scholarship to students in the top 10 percent of their class who are pursuing associate or bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering or math fields. Award recipients must live and work in a STEM field in the state for five years after graduation.


August 15

to apply

Learn about the program and apply here.

Out of State: Scholarships and Aid Programs

Students who live outside New York may receive funds from their state scholarship programs. To apply, contact your home state higher education agency for program requirements and application procedures.

Below are a few agencies whose aid programs currently transfer to Maritime College.

Maryland Residents

The Maryland Higher Education Commission offers the MDCAPS program. 


Delaware Residents

The Delaware Department of Education offers the ScIP program.


Pennsylvania Residents

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) offers the PHEAA program. Please note that this program is for students in the Facilities Engineering program only.


District of Columbia Residents

Students from Washington, D.C., should apply for the DC Tuition Assistance Grant, offered through the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

Summer Aid: Applications and Deadlines

Summer aid is available for students typically taking at least six credits.

If you want to receive federal aid, you must submit your FAFSA and file Maritime's supplemental summer aid application.

If you are attending summer, fall and spring terms, your federal loans will be split evenly.

Graduate students or parents who wish to borrow a PLUS loan should complete the PLUS application and indicate the term(s) for which the loan should apply. To ensure students receive sufficient funding, we recommend a PLUS loan application for summer only and, if applicable, another loan application for fall/spring.

Students who wish to borrow a private loan should complete all requirements with their lender and indicate the term(s) for which the loan should apply.


March 1

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Maritime supplemental aid application deadline

First business day in April

The summer aid application can be found here.

Summer Sea Term Aid

There is an additional cost for students going on summer sea term. The cost covers tuition, food and ship maintenance. Students will also receive separate bills for mandatory international insurance and a plane ticket for the change-out, if applicable.

Scholarships are available through the college Faculty Student Association and the SUNY Maritime Alumni Association.