There are a number of scholarships and grants available to help Maritime students pay for college. Scholarships are awarded based on need, merit or a combination of both and do not require repayment. Scholarships are contingent upon completion of the annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students must also meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards for Federal and State aid and/or if applicable meet Maritime scholarship conditions as indicated by your scholarship agreement.


Each year, SUNY Maritime provides more than $1 million in scholarship assistance. SUNY Maritime offers a wide range of scholarships funded by the college's Sallyport 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.

Incoming Students 

Incoming students are automatically considered for merit scholarships through the Admissions process. 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.

Current/Continuing Students

Continuing students may apply for need and merit-based scholarships during the academic year.

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Deadline: January 30, 2023

For additional scholarship information, contact  


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. Learn more about the Study Abroad Program.


Excelsior Scholarship

The New York State Excelsior Scholarship is a state funded scholarship program designed to support full-time undergraduate students whose families earn less than $125,000 adjusted gross income (AGI) a year. The Excelsior Scholarship makes it possible for students to attend a SUNY school tuition-free. The Excelsior Scholarship is administered by Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). Further details are available here.

Students eligible for NYS Excelsior Scholarship must enroll in at least 12 credits per term and complete at least 30 credits each academic year (successively), applicable towards their degree program through continuous study with no break in enrollment. Courses  that do not apply towards students' degree program, including remedial courses such as MATH 080 (or MATH 090 for certain programs), will not count toward the full time status requirement or 30 credits earned minimum.  

Eligibility Review

Recipients who do not meet the annual credit or continuous enrollment requirements due to one of the conditions indicated below may be able to retain their Excelsior Scholarship awards. If you meet any of the following conditions, please reach out to our office (email Robin Marshall) to have your eligibility reviewed. Please note that documentation will be required. Your school will notify HESC if it is determined that you are eligible to receive your award.

You may be eligible to retain your award under the following conditions:

  • You experience a death of an immediate family member

  • You are called to active military duty

  • You interrupt your studies to take care of your new-born child (parental leave)

  • Your medical or health care provider determines that your medical condition or mental health prevents you from beginning or continuing the term or from continuing a full-time course load.

  • You interrupt your studies to care for an immediate family member, whose medical or heath care provider has determined to need additional support or care, which impacts your ability to begin or continue the term or from continuing a full-time course load.

Please be aware that other circumstances other than those indicated above may not allow you to retain your award under State laws and regulations.

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.

Cadet Appointment Program Scholarship (CAPS)
In recognition of the College's unique programs of study and proven career placement rate, the New York State Legislature has approved the Cadet Appointment Program (CAP) at Maritime College. The program allows elected officials to nominate qualified New York State residents from their district to attend the College and receive a four-year full-tuition scholarship for their undergraduate studies. It should be noted that the number of scholarships is limited by the annual funding Maritime College receives and availability of nomination by District each year.

Other New York State Scholarships

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.

More information about how to use the educational benefits for military veterans, active military or veteran dependents at Maritime College is available here.



he Navy Reserve Officers Training Program (Navy ROTC) is a multi-year program that runs concurrently with a student’s normal college or university educational course of study. In addition to a normal academic workload leading to a Baccalaureate degree, Navy ROTC students attend classes in Naval Science, participate in the Navy ROTC unit for drill, physical training, and other activities, and are generally taught the leadership principles and high ideals of a military officer. Learn more about NROTC scholarships


Since its inception, Army ROTC has provided leadership and military training at schools and universities across the country and has commissioned more than a half million Officers. Army ROTC provides Cadets with the character-building aspects of a diverse, self-disciplined civilian education with tough, centralized leadership development training. Learn more about Army ROTC scholarships.


Students who live outside New York may receive funds from their state scholarship programs. To apply, students should contact their home state higher education agency for program requirements and application procedures.

District of Columbia Residents

Students from Washington, D.C., should apply for the DC Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG), offered through the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. Learn more about DC TAG.

Delaware Residents

The Delaware Department of Education offers the ScIP program. Learn more about ScIP.