Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)
Aid for Part-Time Study Program (APTS) is a grant program financed by New York State in conjunction with participating educational institutions throughout the State. This program provides grants to eligible part-time undergraduate students to help pay tuition expenses.
To be considered for an award you must:
- Be working toward an undergraduate degree as a part-time student enrolled for three (3) but less than 12 semester hours per semester.
- Maintain good academic standing including having achieved at least a UB cumulative 2.0 average after having received the equivalent of two full years of payment of state-sponsored student financial aid.
- Be a resident of New York State.
- Be either a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien, or refugee.
- Have graduated from a high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma by passing a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) formally known as a GED, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department.
- Meet the income limits (see below).
- Not have used up Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility.
- Not be in default on a Federal Education Loans.
- Be matriculated in an approved undergraduate degree program or registered certificate program. Matriculated students must declare a major by the beginning of their junior year (60 earned credit hours) in a baccalaureate program.
Income means the net taxable income as taken from the 2015 New York State income tax return.
- If your parents claimed you as a tax dependent in 2015, family income (i.e., net taxable income of student and parents) cannot exceed $50,550.
- If you were not eligible to be claimed as a tax dependent by your parents in 2015, income (i.e., net taxable income of student and/or spouse, if married as of December 31, 2015) cannot exceed $34,250.
- If you were not eligible to be claimed as a tax dependent by your parents in 2015 but you were eligible to claim dependents of your own other than yourself and/or your spouse, income (i.e., net taxable income of student and spouse) cannot exceed $50,550.
Visit the forms page to print out the application and instructions. Complete the application and sign it. Attach a signed copy of your 2015 NYS Income Tax Returns (and your spouse’s or parent’s, if applicable) to the APTS application. Submit the completed application and NYS Income Tax Returns to:
Office of Financial Aid – APTS
University at Buffalo
232 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1631
Do not return the application to Higher Education Services Corporation. This would delay consideration of your application.
- For the fall 2016 term, completed applications (including signatures on the application and tax returns) must be received by the Office of Financial Aid by Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Applications received late or incomplete will only be considered for the spring 2017 semester.
- For the spring 2017 term, all applications must be received by Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. If you already have a valid application on file from the fall 2016 semester, you are not required to submit another application. Only those students who did not apply for an APTS award for the fall 2016 semester will be required to submit a new application for the spring semester.
There are no APTS awards for the summer semester.
Please Note: Applications are only good for one academic year. You must file a new application each academic year that you are seeking APTS funds.
The APTS funds are credited to your account at the end of the semester. Your bill is usually due before the APTS awards are determined, so it is important to pay your bill in full by the due date. Once the APTS awards are available, you will receive an APTS award notice, and the funds will be credited directly to your account.
Information is subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations. Students must complete a FAFSA every year. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress to continue to receive financial aid.