Tuition Scholarship

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.

Macaulay students who meet CUNY’s New York State residency requirements for in-state tuition receive the tuition scholarship, which ensures full tuition funding for eight semesters of full-time undergraduate study. The Macaulay Tuition Scholarship also covers a limited number of summer and winter classes between the start of freshman year and the end of the 8th semester but does not include fees. The total of the Macaulay tuition scholarship is based on tuition charges remaining after application of financial aid and other scholarships, including federal, state, and local scholarships and grants and those awarded by or through CUNY, its schools, and affiliated entities.  If you need more information about the treatment of a particular scholarship, please contact the Macaulay Scholarships and Grants Office at
Students are responsible for all fees associated with CUNY, their home campus, and Macaulay Honors College. These may include fees for student activity, USS, Consolidated Service, materials, technology, change-of-program, library charges, late fees, and others.

Details of CUNY fees may be found here.

Students who receive an NC grade, audit classes, or drop/withdraw (withdrawals include but are not limited to W, WN, WU grades) from one or more classes after the deadline for receiving a tuition refund will be liable for all charges, including tuition. If you have any questions about this policy, contact your Macaulay Advisor.

Tuition for Summer and Winter Sessions

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:

  • If you accumulate fewer than 30 credits at the end of your freshman year (including AP credits)
  • If your major requires more than 120 credits and you need to take summer courses in order to graduate within four years.
  • If you want to devote more time to difficult or unusual courses.

Conditions for summer tuition funding:

  • With approval from your Macaulay Advisor, Macaulay Honors College will fund up to 8 credits during each summer, starting after completion of the first year.
  • Students registered for more than eight credits will be responsible for paying the tuition balance.
  • Summer courses taken after the 8th semester and/or after graduation are not covered by the Macaulay Tuition Scholarship.
  • Students receiving financial aid for the summer session will have it applied to their bill.

Conditions for winter session tuition funding:

  • With approval from your Macaulay Advisor, Macaulay Honors College will fund one class up to 4 credits.
  • Students should also obtain Macaulay Advisor approval for winter study abroad plans. For students studying abroad, one class of up to 4 credits will be covered by the tuition scholarship.
  • Those taking more than one class, or more than 4 credits abroad, must submit the Study Abroad Tuition Policy Exception Form to obtain prior approval from the Macaulay Office of Scholarships and Grants in order to have the additional tuition covered.
  • Financial aid received for the spring semester will be applied to the winter tuition bill.
Students should obtain Macaulay Advisor approval for any study abroad plans.  Macaulay covers study abroad coursework at the CUNY undergraduate rate of tuition as follows:

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.

Although Macaulay is an undergraduate institution, students often take graduate-level CUNY courses. These courses are billed at a higher rate and cost more than undergraduate courses. Students are responsible for tuition charges that exceed the amount of the per credit cost for in-state undergraduate tuition. Please check your bill for tuition charges or contact your campus Bursar’s office.
Students who wish to make adjustments to their enrollment on a semester by semester basis can petition to Macaulay to request (1) Early Graduation; (2) Extended Graduation; (3) Part-time Status; (4) Leave of absence; (5) Withdrawal from Macaulay Honors College by completing the Enrollment Status Change form.
Macaulay Honors College welcomes students from New York, the US, and around the globe. Macaulay’s tuition scholarship, however, is available only to New York State residents as defined by CUNY.  Students must meet CUNY’s qualification and submit certifying documents to the appropriate office to be eligible.
Changes in residency may impact student’s eligibility for the tuition scholarship.
To maintain the Macaulay merit scholarship package, including the tuition scholarship, every student is required by CUNY and New York State to annually update their FAFSA and TAP filings. Macaulay Honors College does not have a designated college code for the FAFSA and TAP application. You should supply the college code that corresponds to the Macaulay partner CUNY College to which you have applied.

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.

Macaulay Honors College announces an opportunity for extended tuition support for one or two semesters for up to 10 students per academic year (for a total of nine or ten semesters of funding).  Extended funding applications from sophomores and juniors in good standing (only in exceptional cases from seniors) will be considered at the end of each fall semester.  Students on extended funding will not be eligible to access the Opportunities Fund during their fifth year. Students must be enrolled as an undergraduate student to receive Extended Tuition Funding. Students enrolled solely in a graduate course of study are not eligible to receive tuition support. It is also not meant to provide tuition support for students pursuing a second Baccalaureate degree.

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.

All Macaulay students should be in close, regular contact with their advisor regarding course choices and progress toward academic goals. That includes discussing winter courses, summer courses, internships, study abroad, and research assistantships.

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