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New York State DREAM ACT

The Senator José Peralta New York State DREAM Act gives undocumented and other students access to New York State‐administered grants and scholarships that support their higher education costs. If you complete the DREAM Act application and fit into their eligibility requirements to be approved then it will allow you to then apply for NYS grant awards: TAP and Excelsior.

Apply for the NYS DREAM ACT

Guide to completing the DREAM Act application (PDF).

Please check with New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) at (888) 697-4372 for the DREAM Act application deadline.

Please be sure to complete the 2019-2020 TAP and Excelsior applications.

New York State DREAM Act

Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to complete the DREAM Act application

If you fit one of the descriptions below, you may be eligible for one or more NYS student financial aid awards under the DREAM Act:

1) Your permanent home is in NYS and you are/have ONE of the following:

  1. U-Visa
  2. T-Visa
  3. Temporary protected status, pursuant to the Federal Immigration Act of 1990
  4. Without lawful immigration status (including those with DACA status)
  5. AND you meet ONE of the following criteria:
    1. You attended a NYS high school for 2 or more years, graduated from a NYS high school, and are applying for an award for undergraduate study at a NYS college within five years of receiving your NYS high school diploma OR
    2. You attended a NYS high school for 2 or more years, graduated from a NYS high school, and are applying for an award for graduate study at a NYS college within ten years of receiving your NYS high school diploma OR
    3. You received a NYS high school equivalency diploma, and are applying for an award for undergraduate study at a NYS college within five years of receiving your NYS high school equivalency diploma OR
    4. You received a NYS high school equivalency diploma, and are applying for an award for graduate study at a NYS college within ten years of receiving your NYS high school equivalency diploma OR
    5. You did not attend or graduate from a NYS high school, did not receive a NYS high school equivalency diploma, but are charged the NYS resident in-State tuition rate at a SUNY or CUNY college for any reason

 

2) Your permanent home is outside of NYS and you are/have ONE of the following:

  1. U.S. citizen
  2. Permanent lawful resident
  3. Of a class of refugees paroled by the attorney general under his or her parole authority pertaining to the admission of aliens to the U.S.
  4. U-Visa
  5. T-Visa
  6. Temporary protected status, pursuant to the Federal Immigration Act of 1990
  7. Without lawful immigration status (including those with DACA status)
  8. AND you meet ONE of the following criteria:
    1. You attended a NYS high school for 2 or more years, graduated from a NYS high school, and are applying for an award for undergraduate study at a NYS college within five years of receiving your NYS high school diploma OR
    2. You attended a NYS high school for 2 or more years, graduated from a NYS high school, and are applying for an award for graduate study at a NYS college within ten years of receiving your NYS high school diploma OR
    3. You received a NYS high school equivalency diploma, and are applying for an award for undergraduate study at a NYS college within five years of receiving your NYS high school equivalency diploma OR
    4. You received a NYS high school equivalency diploma, and are applying for an award for graduate study at a NYS college within ten years of receiving your NYS high school equivalency diploma OR
    5. You did not attend or graduate from a NYS high school, did not receive a NYS high school equivalency diploma, but are charged the NYS resident in-State tuition rate at a SUNY or CUNY college for any reason

Students meeting the NYS Dream Act eligibility criteria can apply for one or more HESC-administered grant and scholarship programs here.​

Please review HESC’s website here for more information abut the DREAM Act: https://www.hesc.ny.gov/dream/