Macaulay students who must meet CUNY’s New York State residency requirements for in-state tuition receive the tuition scholarship. All students are required to complete the FAFSA and TAP application and the financial aid verification process (if selected) to be considered for the Macaulay Tuition Scholarship. The scholarship funds 8 semesters of full-time undergraduate tuition within your four years of study. Tuition coverage is also available for a limited number of summer and winter classes, excluding fees. Summer before the start of your freshman year is not covered.
Details of CUNY fees may be found here.
Macaulay encourages students to pursue internship and research opportunities, study abroad, academic or service programs during the summer and winter sessions.
Summer coursework may be appropriate:
Conditions for summer tuition funding:
Conditions for winter session tuition funding:
Fall/Spring Semester: Twelve+ credits
Winter: One class up to 4 credits. Those taking more than one class, or more than 4 credits abroad, must receive approval for coverage by submitting the Study Abroad Tuition Policy Exception Form.
Summer: Up to 8 credits
Tuition for Non-CUNY study abroad programs is provided as a reimbursement. Students must submit a Non-CUNY Study Abroad/Study Away Tuition Reimbursement Form to be considered for funding. Before students can be reimbursed, there must be a permit at CUNY, courses taken abroad must officially transfer to CUNY and they must appear on the CUNY transcript.
Other study abroad expenses are funded through the Macaulay Opportunities Fund and require a separate application process.
Both applications are open as of October 1. It’s extremely important to complete both by October 15 each year for the upcoming academic year.
Once FAFSA and TAP are processed, visit CUNYfirst → Student Center → To-Do List to see if there are any follow-up documents needed to finalize your FAFSA and TAP. For TAP eligibility, students enrolled in a 4-year program must also declare a major within 30 days of the end of the drop/add period in their junior year. Students who lose TAP eligibility for failure to meet this requirement will not be eligible to receive the Macaulay Tuition Scholarship, for the semester in which TAP eligibility was lost.
Students who don’t reapply by October 15 face serious financial consequences: CUNY will rescind the scholarship and charge the student retroactively for tuition for the entire year.
A specially convened evaluation committee will consider all applications and make final determinations according to criteria based on a firm academic rationale. The application can be found here and the deadline is November 15 for each upcoming academic year.