Grants 101

What is a grant?

Grants are money awarded to help fund your education. Grants come from either the Federal or State government and are awarded based on your financial need.

What grants might I be able to get at OCC?

Federal Pell Grant

You will be considered automatically for Pell grant eligibility after you submit your FAFSA.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

You will be considered automatically for SEOG eligibility after you submit your FAFSA. Funding for this grant is limited, so file your FAFSA as early as possible each year.

Federal Work-Study (FWS)

The Federal Work-Study grant is an excellent way to earn money for your books, supplies, and personal expenses while attending college, as well as gain valuable work experience!

Am I eligible for work-study?

The Financial Aid office will consider you for a work-study award once we receive your FAFSA and confirm you are making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). If you do not receive work-study as part of your financial award, you can let the Financial Aid office know you are interested in being considered for a work-study award by completing the Federal Work-Study Interest Form.

How do I find a work-study job?

Handshake is OCC's online job portal where all available work-study positions are posted. Check Hirezon frequently because new positions are added as needs arise on campus! 

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP is a grant for New York State residents that requires you to complete an application in addition to the FAFSA. Learn more about TAP eligibility and apply today.

Aid for Part Time-Study (APTS)

APTS is a grant for New York State residents for part-time students. Learn more about eligibility and other requirements for APTS.

Part-Time TAP

Some students may qualify to receive a TAP grant while enrolled part-time. The Financial Aid Office will indicate on your award letter if you are eligible. You must complete the NYS TAP application in addition to the FAFSA.

Other Grants

You may be eligible to receive grant funding from other sources, such as EOP or Say Yes to Education. Contact these organizations to find out!