State Aid Programs

Aid for Part-time Study (APTS)

APTS offers financial assistance to New York State students enrolled in at least 3  (but fewer than 12) credit hours per semester at a degree-granting post-secondary institution. Unlike TAP, APTS is distributed to participating colleges and universities in New York State. Financial aid administrators select potential recipients from eligible students and allocate funding based on available funds and student needs. Eligibility is based on New York State net taxable income. For more information on APTS, click here.


2014-15: $14.36 million

2015-16: $14.36 million

2016-17: $14/36 million

Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), created by the Legislature in 1969, is a partnership between the state and independent colleges and universities that provide higher education opportunities to disadvantaged New York students. HEOP provides opportunity to students who show promise, but, because of academic and economic circumstances, would not otherwise be able to attend a postsecondary institution. After being accepted to the program, HEOP students participate in an intensive residential program in the summer before their freshman year where they earn college credit and prepare for a successful transition to college. While in college, HEOP students receive a broad range of academic and counseling services that support them throughout their studies and help ensure that they complete their degree.

For more information click here. For a map of all 2014-19 HEOP institutions in New York State compiled by the New York State Education Department, click here.


  • There are currently 50 HEOP programs at 44 cIcu colleges and universities.
  • HEOP students graduate at rates above the national average for all students (59% vs. 52.5%)—this is even more impressive considering that, without HEOP, these students would not have been admitted to the institution from which they graduated.
  • Though institutions are only required to match each state dollar with $0.15, institutions on average contribute $5.00 for every state dollar.
  • HEOP brings the promise of a college education to almost 5,000 students every year and boasts over 36,000 alumni.
  • 89 percent of entering freshman come from families with household incomes below $32,000.
  • Two-thirds (66%) of HEOP students are Black or Hispanic.



2014-15: $25.75 million

2015-16: $29.61 million

2016-17: $35.53 million

Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT) Program

Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT) Programs support university-industry collaborative research and technology transfer in commercial relevant technologies. The CAT program was established in 1983 so that the technology researched by New York's higher education institutions could be channeled into commercially viable products produced in the higher sector.

For more information on CAT Programs, click here.

There are 8 CATs located on cIcu member campuses:

  1. Center for Advanced Materials Processing, Clarkson University
  2. Center for Life Science Enterprise, Cornell University
  3. Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications (CATT), New York University
  4. Future Energy Systems Center for Advanced Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  5. Center for Automation Technologies and Systems (CATS), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  6. AMPrint Center for Advanced Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology
  7. CASE (Computer Applications and Software Engineering) Center, Syracuse University
  8. Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences (CEIS), University of Rochester


2014-15: $13.82 million

2015-16: $14.32 million

2016-17: $13.82 million

Direct Institutional (“Bundy”) Aid

The Direct Institutional “Bundy” Aid program provides funding directly to independent colleges based on degree productivity. The majority of independent colleges use funds to supplement student financial assistance, and others use funds for things like equipment upgrades and general operating support.


  • Campuses use Direct Aid for financial aid and general operating support. It assists students whose financial need exceeds funds from federal, state, and institutional grants as well as loans, family and student contributions, and work income.
  • Because Direct Aid is based on degree productivity, campuses only receive funding once a student has graduated.
  • Independent colleges and universities provide $5.34 in college-funded financial aid for every $1 of state student assistance.



2014-15: $35.13 million

2015-16: $35.13 million

2016-17: $35.13 million

Faculty Development Program

The Faculty Development Program is a central element of NYSTAR' s mission is the recognition that New York' s world-class public and private research universities and academic centers can be powerful economic development vehicles. New York already is an international leader in technology-related academic research, and the Faculty Development Program is designed to further strengthen this position.

This program was last funded in the SFY 2014-15 State Budget for $325,000. An RFP is pending release by the Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR).

High Needs Nursing Program

The program encourages independent sector campuses to increase their enrollment of nursing students. The program provides $250 for each full-time student enrolled in a high needs nursing program at an eligible two-year program and  no more than $500 for full-time student enrolled in a four-year program.


2014-15: $940,000

2015-16: $940,000

2016-17: $940,000


Higher Education Capital (HECap) Matching Grants Program

In 2005 the Legislature and Governor finalized a $150 million capital matching program for independent colleges and universities. Under this program, New York State will contribute a dollar of support for every three dollars spent by Independent Sector campuses. College and universities are natural partners in state efforts to generate economic development, foster urban renewal, and provide academic support. We are grateful to the Governor and Legislature in working with us to provide funding for this program. HECap allocations continue to spur economic development, create thousands of jobs across the state, and leverage the state's higher education institutions to sustain recent economic growth and expansion.

In 2014, cIcu worked with Governor Cuomo and the Legislature to secure $30 million in new funding for the Higher Education Capital (HECap) Matching Grants Program. Since then, cIcu has been able to secure a new $30 million allocation in each successive state budget. The Independent Sector has demonstrated its ability to be a strong partner with state government in creating jobs and stimulating economic activity. Although the program required a $3 institutional match for each $1 of state investment, on average our campuses invested $9. In total, the state's investment generated more than $1.1 billion in total economic activity associated with 10,000 jobs in communities throughout New York State. For more information, click here.


2014-15: $30 million

2015-16: $30 million

2016-17: $30 million

Liberty Partnerships Program

The Liberty Partnerships Program was established in 1988 to address the significant high school drop out rate of New York’s youth. Programs are run by public and private colleges throughout New York State and provide participating students with academic support and encouragement, individual and family counseling, and career and college planning guidance.


  • There are currently 13 LPP programs at cIcu member institutions.
  • While the overall high school graduation rate in New York State is comparable to the national high school gradation rate, Black and Hispanic students’ graduation rates are significantly lower in New York State.
  • The goal of the Liberty Partnerships Program, created in 1988, is to decrease New York’s high school dropout rate.
  • Liberty Partnerships Programs sends approximately 1,500 high school graduates to college or the workforce each year.
  • In program year 2009-10, 1,749 LPP students graduated, and 1,538 of these grads entered college or the workforce. In this same year, the persistence rate, defined as those students that continue to the next grade, was 99%.



2014-15: $13.31 million

2015-16: $15.30 million

2016-17: $18.36 million