Scholarships and Grants

There are a number of scholarships and grants available to help Maritime students pay for college. Scholarships are awarded based on need, merit or a combination of both and do not require repayment. Scholarships are contingent on:

Completion of the annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards for Federal and State aid and/or if applicable meet Maritime scholarship conditions as indicated by your scholarship agreement.

Maritime Scholarships

Each year, SUNY Maritime provides more than $1 million in scholarship assistance to more than 1,000 students.

SUNY Maritime offers a wide range of scholarships funded by the college's Sallyport Fund, scholarship endowments and supporting organizations, such as the Faculty Student Association and the Maritime College Alumni Association. These awards are made possible by the generous donations of alumni, faculty, staff, industry partners, corporations and friends of the college.

Current Students

Current students can apply for 2019-2020 scholarships until May 1, 2019.

Current students may apply online for select scholarships that are based on academic performance, financial need or other criteria, as determined by donors.


Incoming Students

Incoming students are automatically considered for merit scholarships. These scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and do not require a supplemental application.

Merit scholarships for incoming students are competitive and awarded to top applicants. Meeting minimum academic requirements does not guarantee earning a scholarship.

Summer Sea Term Scholarships

Maritime SST Scholarships are available through the college Faculty Student Association and the SUNY Maritime Alumni Association. For the scholarships criteria and applications, visit

Study-Abroad Scholarships

SUNY Maritime's Faculty Student Association offers scholarships to students participating in the study abroad program hosted by the Department of Global Business and Transportation.


Federal Grants

If you have filed the FAFSA application, you will be automatically packaged with any of the below-mentioned grants that you are eligible for.

Federal Pell Grant

The Federal Pell program provides assistance in the form of a grant to matriculated undergraduate students who have not earned a prior undergraduate degree and does not have to be paid back.

Pell eligibility is determined by the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) calculated from the information provided on the FAFSA. The 2019-2020 maximum award is $6,195 for full-time enrollment for two semesters. The amount of the Pell Grant may be prorated based on a students’ enrollment status. Students may not receive Pell Grant funds from more than one school at a time.

Under the “Year-Round Pell” program, students may be eligible to receive up to 150 percent of their scheduled award for an award year or receive an additional Pell grant in the summer term.

Students who are eligible for a refund from the Pell Grant may make arrangements with the Office of Student Accounts for a credit for the purchase of books.

All students are limited to receive Pell for a maximum equivalent of twelve full time semesters or six years, inclusive of any prior years. See the Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility limits.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The SEOG is a program that supplements Pell Grant aid for undergraduate students with exceptional financial needs. Pell Grant recipients whose expected family contribution calculation equals zero are considered first for an SEOG. Like the Pell Grant, the SEOG does not have to be repaid.

Students can receive up to $1,000 a year depending on when you apply, your financial need, and available funding.

New York State Grants & Scholarships

In New York, the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) administers a number of state and federally funded financial aid programs for undergraduate students. Most require that recipients of aid be legal residents of New York State. Some programs are administered solely by HESC; others are administered jointly with other agencies.

Note that these programs may require some application information in addition to the FAFSA. See the chart of New York State grants, scholarships, and awards on the HESC website.

Tuition Assistance Program

New York's largest grant program helps eligible state residents pay for tuition at in-state post-secondary institutions. Eligibility and the amount of TAP grants are based on the New York State taxable income of the student and the student's family.

Estimated TAP Grant

If you have an estimated TAP grant on your student account, this indicates that action is required on your part and you may have to:

  1. Complete your Express TAP Application (ETA) at;

  2. Responded to a request for additional information from HESC regarding your application. If you have questions, contact HESC at (888) NYS-HESC;

  3. Change your college code to SUNY Maritime 0955 at

TAP Payment Eligibility

Each semester at least 12 of your credits be contributory toward your program of study and meeting the TAP Academic Standards as such as:

  • You must have completed a specific number of credits in the previous semester.

  • You must have accumulated a specific number of credits towards your degree.

  • You must maintain a specific minimum GPA (Grade Point Average).

  • You must have declared a major by the time you complete 60 credits. (If you are repeating a course in order to earn the “C” required for your major, you must declare your major even if you have not yet completed 60 credits.)

TAP Waivers

You may be granted a one time "waiver" to receive a TAP payment, even though you are not meeting the academic requirements. To qualify:

  • Students must be able to document that there were "circumstances beyond their control" which resulted in a semester with poor academic performance.

  • Waivers are granted with the strong expectation that a student will meet all academic requirements in the future.  

  • For questions regarding the appeal process to request a waiver, please contact a Financial Aid Office representative.

SUNY Tuition Credit

TAP eligible students are also eligible to receive a SUNY Tuition Credit award to offset tuition charges. This award is calculated by HESC and based on the level of a student's TAP award.

Aid for part-time study (APTS)

APTS is a New York State tuition assistance program for matriculated undergraduate students enrolled 3 to 11 credits per semester. Eligibility is based on student and family income.Applicants will need to complete and submit the APTS application with a signed copy of their prior year New York State tax return.

Educational opportunity PROGRAM (EOP)

EOP provides financial aid and other services to state residents who are deemed likely to succeed in college but face a variety of disadvantages with respect to family income and academic preparedness. Eligibility is determined according to state guidelines. For more information about EOP at Maritime, click here.

Stem incentive Program

The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides a full SUNY tuition scholarship for the top 10 percent of students in each New York State high school if they pursue a STEM degree (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) in an associates or bachelor degree program and agree to work in a STEM field in New York State for 5 years after graduation.

IMPORTANT- All award monies received shall convert to a 10-year student loan plus interest for recipients who fail to meet the statutory, regulatory, contractual, administrative or other requirements of this program.

Excelsior scholarship

The New York State Excelsior Scholarship is a state funded scholarship program designed to support full-time undergraduate students from working and middle income households who are on track for on-time degree completion. The Excelsior Scholarship is administered by Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). Further details are available here.

Scholarship for academic excellence

New York State awards a limited number of tuition scholarships to outstanding graduates of participating New York high schools for up to five years of undergraduate study at an in-state college or university. Recipients are selected based on students' scores on certain NYS Regents exams.

Other New York State Scholarship Programs

The state legislature has established a number of other scholarships designed to guarantee access to higher education for family members and financial dependents of military or other uniformed service personnel who died or were permanently disabled in the line of duty and of other persons who perished or were permanently disabled in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center or certain other disasters.

External Scholarships

There are external and private scholarship funds available to students of all qualifications, abilities and interests. These external scholarships may be provided by private donors, foundations, businesses and many other sources outside the college.