FOR MORE INFORMATION: (716) 436-3229
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Northland Workforce Training Center is committed to providing for-credit education at little to no cost to all students with financial need.
Northland Workforce Training Center Career Coaches will assist prospective and enrolled students with financial need with the financial aid process and develop a strategy to make their Northland education economically feasible. Career Coaches will help students navigate the various local, state, and federal financial aid sources and applications, including but not limited to: FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), Excelsior Scholarship Program, and Say Yes Buffalo, among others.
Please see below for an overview of key steps for students with financial need to access federal and state financial aid. Your Northland Workforce Training Center Career Coach will be available to answer questions and address concerns throughout your application process.
Generally, financial aid is categorized into three types:
The type of funds you are offered will depend on your financial need, your eligibility based on each fund's specific criteria, and availability of funds at the time your FAFSA application is received by the Student Records and Financial Services Office. Please apply as early as possible.
Please find an overview of a non-exhaustive list of local, State, and Federal financial aid sources below for your reference:
Say Yes Buffalo provides scholarships to eligible graduates from Buffalo public and charter schools who enroll at Northland Workforce Training Center full-time (or any SUNY or CUNY school) within one year of graduation. Say Yes Buffalo eligible students may apply for Say Yes Buffalo tuition scholarships. Scholarship amounts are determined by how long the student has been continuously enrolled at a Buffalo public or charter school and the tuition balance that remains after state, federal, and institutional aid are subtracted.
Note: Students must be continuously enrolled in a Buffalo public or charter school from the very beginning of 9th grade to be eligible. Exceptions are made for high school students with refugee status.
Please see the Say Yes Buffalo website for more information about eligibility and how to apply:
The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York State residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State (including Alfred State College and Erie Community College through Northland Workforce Training Center). TAP is one of the grants, scholarships and awards programs administered by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).
An annual TAP award can be up to $5,165. TAP is a grant; it doesn’t have to be paid back. New York State students attending college in New York State—including high school seniors who plan to attend college the following fall—should apply for TAP. TAP is available for eligible college students studying full- or part-time. Click here for an overview of the Tuition Assistance Program for more information about eligibility and how to apply.
The Excelsior Scholarship is a New York State scholarship program to help middle-class families pay for college. The Excelsior Scholarship pays any remaining tuition charges after a student’s other grants and scholarships have been applied. Applicants must be enrolled in college full-time and average 30 credits per year to receive funding; be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen; have graduated from high school in the U.S. or earned a high school equivalency diploma; have a combined federally adjusted gross income of $100,000 or less; and be enrolled in an undergraduate degree at a SUNY or CUNY college; among other requirements. Students enrolled at Northland Workforce Training Center through SUNY Alfred State College or SUNY Erie Community College are eligible for Excelsior scholarships.
The program has built in flexibility so that any student facing hardship is able to pause and restart the program, or take fewer credits one semester than another. Students with disabilities will not be required to register full-time to be eligible for the scholarship. Click here for more information on the Excelsior Scholarship and to access the online application.