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Home > Types of Aid > Grants > Grants for Undergraduate Students > NYS Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program

NYS Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program

The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides a full SUNY or CUNY tuition scholarship for the top 10 percent of students in each New York State high school if they pursue a STEM degree in an associate or bachelor degree program and agree to work in a STEM field in New York State for 5 years after graduation.

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An applicant must:

  • Be a NYS resident
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be enrolled full time at a beginning with the fall term following his or her high school graduation
  • Be ranked in the top 10% of his/her high school graduating class of a NYS high school
  • Be matriculated in an undergraduate program leading to a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The following programs of study (PDF) may be eligible for a STEM award.
  • Be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours that are applicable toward an approved STEM degree program. If a student has not declared a program of study or major, it is the responsibility of the certifying officer at the university to review the student’s coursework and determine whether the coursework is consistent with that needed to pursue an approved STEM program of study.
  • Earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher each term after the first semester
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Terms & Conditions of STEM Award

Execute a service contract agreeing to reside and work in NYS for five years in the field of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. View the terms and conditions of the service contract.

Not be in default on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or repayment of any state award.

Be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a state award.

The program of study must result in an approved occupation (PDF).

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How to Apply

An applicant must complete and submit the New York State Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Incentive Program Web Supplement by August 15.

Award recipients are not required to submit another New York State Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Incentive Program Web Supplement once they have been awarded this scholarship.

Award recipients must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) applications.

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Additional Information

Contact the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation Scholarship Unit at 1-888-697-4372 with questions about this scholarship.

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.