Public Financial Aid Information
FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA; also known as the PELL GRANT)
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school. Federal Student Aid, an office of the US Department of Education, consistently champions the promise of postsecondary education to all Americans -and its value to our society. Please contact an AEOC Outreach Specialist for assistance with completing the application. Our objective is to accurately complete the application while maximizing your eligibility potential.
FOR FAFSA APPLICANTS BORN BEFORE JANUARY 01, 1988 applying for aid to use during the 2011-2012 academic year.
Helps applicants to determine if you are considered an independent student or dependent student.
NEW YORK STATE TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (also known as the TAP GRANT)
The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Depending on the academic year in which you begin study, an annual TAP award can be up to $5,550. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.
FOR APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT CURRENTLY POSESS THE GED OR IT'S EQUIVALENT
If you do not have a US high school diploma or it's recognized equivalent such as a GED, you must take and pass an ability to benefit (ATB) exam approved by the NYS Board of Regents and designated by your school to be eligible to apply for State aid. The ATB exam demonstrates the student's ability to benefit from the training offered. Please read more by clicking on the link below.
For Armed Services Veterans
New York State resident verterans are encouraged to review the link below to determine eligibility for specific types of financial aid. Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) are awards for full-time study and part-time study for eligible veterans matriculated in an approved program at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State. Please contact an AEOC Outreach Specialist for assistance with the application process.
Also for Armed Services Veterans, federal educational benefits may be available to you and/or your spouse and dependents of veterans, alive or deceased. Click on the link below for additional information regarding educational funding. For assistance in navigating the vast array of programs that are currently available or to help clarify some of the specific indicators and eligibility requirements of the varied programs, please contact an AEOC Outreach Specialist.
For veterans with a service connected disability who are considering a return to college, The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program may be for you. This program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. The VetSuccess program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. In some cases, this may require enrollment with a post-secondary program to enhance your success. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. Services that may be provided by the VR&E VetSuccess Program include:
- Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment
- Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services
- Employment services such as job-training, job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance
- Assistance finding and keeping a job, including the use of special employer incentives and job accommodations
- On the Job Training (OJT), apprenticeships, and non-paid work experiences
- Post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school
If you think you qualify for training under this program, feel free to contact an AEOC Outreach Specialist.
In certain cases, Unemployment Insurance Law allows claimants to receive benefits while in an approved training course or program. The Department of Labor must review and approve the training first. If DOL approves the training, claimants do not need to look for work while in training. They also may be able to collect additional weeks of benefits, if funding is available. Find out more about the New York State "599 Program" by clicking on the link below.
The Perry ATTAIN Lab, (Advanced Technology Training And Information Networking), is a non-traditional adult educational facility that provides tuition-free, non-credit academic and vocational training opportunities to educationally and economically disadvantaged individuals and dislocated workers in a supportive environment. It does not provide financial aid for persons seeking post-secondary education. Funded by the State University of New York, University Center for Academic and Workforce Development, their mission is to improve the area's workforce by enhancing the academic preparedness, vocational skill competency levels, and work readiness skills of adult learners. The Perry ATTAIN Lab offers a full range of instructional programs and services in many areas. GLOW Region residents can make use of the ATTAIN Lab in Perry, NY. Please see the wealth of free services being offered by clicking on the link below.
The vision of the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming (GLOW) Workforce Development Partnership is to provide an effective, integrated system that understands and responds to the dynamic needs of business and maximizes the potential of job seekers, resulting in an employer for every jobseeker... a skilled worker for every employer. Read more on how their free services can benefit you by clicking on the link below.
Residents of Livingston County should click on the Workforce Development link found by clicking on the link below and then under; Departments By Service Type- Human Services. Here you see information on the Livingston County Workforce Development center and the New York State Department of Labor whose purpose is to assist individuals to enter or re-enter the labor force. In many cases, re-entering the the labor force requires some additional training and/or education. AEOC's staff stands ready to assist interested individuals who are applying to post-secondary education programs and for financial aid.
For applicants from the southern tier interested in continuing into a four year degree or in developing a trade/skill, please review the links below.
For applicants from the southern tier who may need to limit academic pursuits to a community college due to transportation, family, or other requirements, please review the link below.
Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), formerly known as VESID, offers access to a full range of employment and independent living services that may be needed by persons with disabilities through their lives. In many cases, employment and/or independent living goals are dependent on participating with some type of training or post secondary education pursuits. AEOC's staff is well equiped with the knowledge and insights that can help you to acheive your goals. For more details, please see the link below.
Literacy West NY, Inc. (LWNY) is a non-profit community organization working to promote literacy and lifelong learning for adults, youth, and families in Allegany and Wyoming Counties. The agency is dedicated to changing lives through literacy by offering free one-to-one and small group instruction in reading, writing, math, and English as a second language. Those interested in securing the General Education Development,(GED), will find this an excellent resource for tutoring and related supportive services. For more information on the range of services being offered, please click on the link below.
Anyone who is a New York State resident and who is 16 years of age or older (with certain restrictions) on the day of testing may be eligible to take the GED Tests. For more detailed information on eligibility and the required forms you may need, please click on the link below and thoroughly read the content provided. AEOC's staff will be happy to assist you in your efforts to obtain the GED.
Please review the links below for information on privately administered grants and scholarships; monies that do not have to be repaid. Please note that many of these sites contain applications requiring the submission a personal essay and other specific documents when applying for funding. AEOC's staff has guidelines and insights that can assist you in these efforts and will be happy to assist you.