Scholarships and Grants

Each year, SUNY Maritime provides more than $1 million in scholarship assistance to more than 1,000 students. 

SUNY Maritime offers a wide range of scholarships funded by the college's Salllyport Fund, scholarship endowments and supporting organizations, such as the Faculty Student Association and the Maritime College Alumni Association. These awards are made possible by the generous donations of alumni, faculty, staff, industry partners, corporations and friends of the college.



Current Students

Current students can apply for 2018-2019 scholarships until May 1, 2018.

Current students may apply online for select scholarships that are based on academic performance, financial need or other criteria, as determined by donors. 

Incoming Students

Incoming students are automatically considered for merit scholarships. These scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and do not require a supplemental application.

Merit scholarships for incoming students are competitive and awarded to top applicants. Meeting minimum academic requirements does not guarantee earning a scholarship.

Study-Abroad Scholarships

SUNY Maritime's Faculty Student Association offers scholarships to students participating in the study abroad program hosted by the Department of Global Business and Transportation.

External Scholarships

There are external and private scholarship funds available to students of all qualifications, abilities and interests. These external scholarships may be provided by private donors, foundations, businesses and many other sources outside the college.



At Maritime College, federal grant programs are available for undergraduate degree programs only.

Pell Grants

The Pell Grant Program promotes broader access to college education by providing need-based financial aid to low-income undergraduate students. Eligibility is determined by the U.S. Department of Education using a standard formula, established by Congress, to evaluate the financial information reported on the student's FAFSA. Pell Grants are considered a foundation of federal financial aid, to which other federal and nonfederal grants and loans may be added. Unlike federal loans, Pell Grants do not have to be repaid.

The maximum Pell grant award for the 2018-2019 award year is $5,920.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The SEOG is a program that supplements Pell Grant aid for undergraduate students with exceptional financial needs. Pell Grant recipients whose expected family contribution calculation equals zero are considered first for an FSEOG. Like the Pell Grant, the FSEOG does not have to be repaid. 

Students can receive up to $1,000 a year as a supplemental grant, depending on:

  • when you apply,
  • your net financial need
  • Maritime's institutional award policies
  • availability of funds


New York State Financial Aid

In New York, the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) administers a number of state and federally funded financial aid programs for undergraduate students. Most require that recipients of aid be legal residents of New York State. Some programs are administered solely by HESCC; others are administered jointly with other agencies. 

Note that these programs may require some application information in addition to the FAFSA. For more information, check out the chart of NYS grants, scholarships and awards on the HESC website.

New York State Grants, Scholarships and Awards


Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

New York's largest grant program helps eligible state residents pay for tuition at in-state post-secondary institutions. Eligibility and the amount of TAP grants are based on the New York State taxable income of the student and the student's family.

New York State Aid for Part Time Study

The Aid for Part Time Study program provides tuition grant assistance for undergraduates studying part time at in-state post-secondary institutions. Eligibility is based on student and family income.

Educational Opportunity Program

EOP provides financial aid and other services to state residents who are deemed likely to succeed in college but face a variety of disadvantages with respect to family income and academic preparedness. Eligibility is determined according to state guidelines. For more information about EOP at Maritime, click here.


Scholarship for Academic Excellence

New York State awards a limited number of tuition scholarships to outstanding graduates of participating New York high schools for up to five years of undergraduate study at an in-state college or university. Recipients are selected based on students' scores on certain NYS Regents exams.

The state legislature has established a number of other scholarships designed to guarantee access to higher education for family members and financial dependents of military or other uniformed service personnel who died or were permanently disabled in the line of duty and of other persons who perished or were permanently disabled in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center or certain other disasters.

For more information about educational benefits for military veterans, active military or veteran dependents, click here.