Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA)

The Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA) is a New York State student aid award program created in 2017 that provides awards of up to $6,000 for students attending private, not-for-profit colleges and universities in New York. Enhanced Tuition Awards will be phased in over three years. In the initial year, New York college students with a family income of up to $100,000 were eligible for the awards. That amount was increased to $110,000 in 2018 and to $125,000 in 2019, the final phase.  Colleges and universities must choose whether to opt-in or opt-out of the program. The ETA program is administered by the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).

ETA legislative statutory language

ETA regulations (promulgated on an emergency basis with no allowance for public comment)

FAQs answered by HESC


2019-20: $7.21 million

2018-19: $22.86 million 

2017-18: $19 million