College Continues Participation in New York State’s Enhanced Tuition Awards Program

May 3, 2018


Buffalo, NY – Canisius College is pleased to announce that it will continue to participate in New York State’s Enhanced Tuition Awards (ETA) program, the private institution counterpart to the Excelsior Scholarship for public colleges and universities.  The program provides awards of up to $6,000 for eligible undergraduate students who enroll in a private, not-for-profit college or university in New York State.  First-time, continuing and transfer students residing in New York State are eligible to apply. 

 “Canisius College is dedicated to being an affordable and premier university,” says Kathleen Davis, vice president for enrollment management.  “The college goes above and beyond to make our Catholic, Jesuit education accessible to students regardless of financial need and our No. 9 U.S. News Best Value ranking is a testament to this.  Our participation in New York’s ETA program takes this commitment one step further.” 

New York State’s ETA program is administered by the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).  Visit the HESC online to apply and obtain an outline of conditions associated with receiving Enhanced Tuition Awards.

 The award is available for New York residents who earn up to $110,000 in 2018 annually, and increases to $125,000 in 2019.  Awards will be comprised of an Enhanced Tuition Award from New York State and a student’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award, if they qualify.  Canisius will offer Enhanced Tuition Awards to 50 eligible students.

 The ETA also includes a tuition freeze.  Students who receive an award will have their tuition locked from the time the award is granted through the end of the eligibility period. 

Ninety-eight percent (98 %) of undergraduate students at Canisius currently receive financial assistance.  The Student Loan Report also recognized the college’s academic quality and net cost of attendance when it ranked Canisius among the top colleges and universities in the nation offering the most in financial assistance to freshmen.

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One of 28 Jesuit colleges in the nation, Canisius is the premier private college in Western New York.