Other Sources of Assistance
Additional outside scholarships information can be found on the Office of Student Financial Services website or by contacting the Office of Student Financial Services at (585) 385-8042.
New York State Programs
Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR)
This program is designed assists individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development. Any resident of New York state who has a substantial emotional, mental, or physical disability who can become employable may apply for assistance. Recipients in a college are reviewed annually on an individual basis. Individuals should contact the local office regarding application procedures. More information can be found at www.acces.nysed.gov/.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits
Qualified veterans of the United States Armed Forces admitted for study at St. John Fisher College may be eligible to receive military benefits from the following Chapters: 30, 31, 33 (Post 9/11), 35, 1606, or 1607. Some benefits are transferable to spouses and children. More information regarding veteran affairs and each of the Chapters can be found on the Veterans Benefits page.
US Bureau of Indian Education: Higher Education Grant Program
The grant application is available from the education officer of the tribe in which the student is affiliated with or possesses membership. The student must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The student must be a member of, or at least one-quarter degree Indian blood descendant of a member of an American Indian tribe which is eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States through the Bureau of Indian Affairs because of their status as Indians, must be accepted for admission to a nationally accredited institution of higher education which provides a course of study conferring the Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Arts or science degree, and must demonstrate financial need as determined by the financial aid office. For grants to be awarded in successive years, the student must make satisfactory progress toward a degree and show financial need.
More information can be found on the Bureau of Indian Education website.
Other Federal Programs
There are also a large number of different special-purpose federal programs: direct aid, scholarships, loans, traineeships. Many are administered through specific institutions for post-secondary education, and for this reason the Office of Student Financial Services is the single best source of information on the subject.
Most of these dozens of programs would be of interest to relatively small numbers of students and prospective students, by virtue of need, special interest, or both. Some are available only to graduate or professional students in certain fields. Some carry with them periods of obligated service.
Additional information on federal financial aid programs may be found at the U.S. Department of Education website (www.ed.gov) or at studentaid.gov.