The José Peralta New York State DREAM Act


This state program allows undocumented and other students access to New York State‐administered grants and scholarships that support their higher education costs. If the student attended or graduated from an NYS high school, attended an approved NYS high school equivalency program, or received an NYS equivalency diploma, they may be eligible for state financial aid.

The DREAM Act opens the doors of higher education and provides access to the Excelsior Scholarship, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and other state‐ administered scholarships.

To review your eligibility and to learn more, please visit www.hesc.ny.gov/dream/

Step 1: Determining Your Eligibility

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 or have ONE of the following:

  • U-Visa

  • T-Visa

  • Temporary protected status,

    pursuant to the Federal

    Immigration Act of 1990

  • Without lawful immigration

    status (including those with DACA

    status)

  • AND you meet ONE of the

    following criteria:

  • You attended a NYS high

    school for 2 or more years, graduated from a NYS high school, and enroll or enrolled for undergraduate study at a NYS college within 5 years of receiving your NYS high school diploma OR

  • You attended a NYS high school for 2 or more years, graduated from a NYS high school, and enroll or enrolled for graduate study at a NYS college within 10 years of receiving your NYS high school diploma OR

  • You received a NYS high school equivalency diploma, and enroll or enrolled for undergraduate study at a NYS college within 5 years of receiving your NYS high school equivalency diploma OR

  • You received a NYS high school equivalency diploma, and enroll or enrolled for graduate study at a NYS college within 10 years of receiving your NYS high school equivalency diploma OR

  1. You are or will be charged the NYS resident in-state tuition rate at a SUNY or CUNY college for a reason other than residency.

Your permanent home is outside of NYS and you are or have ONE of the following:

  • U.S. citizen

  • Permanent lawful resident

  • 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.

  • U-Visa

  • T-Visa

  • Temporary protected status,

    pursuant to the Federal

    Immigration Act of 1990

  • Without lawful immigration

    status (including those with DACA

    status)

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 enroll or enrolled for undergraduate study at a NYS college within 5 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 enroll or enrolled for graduate study at a NYS college within 10 years of receiving your NYS high school diploma OR

  3. You received a NYS high school equivalency diploma, and enroll or enrolled for undergraduate study at a NYS college within 5 years of receiving your NYS high school equivalency diploma OR

  4. You received a NYS high school equivalency diploma, and enroll or enrolled for graduate study at a NYS college within 10 years of receiving your NYS high school equivalency diploma OR

    e. You are or will be charged the NYS resident in-state tuition rate at a SUNY or CUNY college for a reason other than residency.

Step 2: Completing the Application

Students meeting the NYS Dream Act eligibility criteria can apply for one or more HESC-administered grant and scholarship programs here and be directed to the NYS DREAM Act application powered by International Scholarship & Tuition Services (ISTS). The application is simple and straight forward, and all information provided will be used ONLY for determining eligibility for and administering awards. Applicants without lawful immigration status will not be asked for their home address and will NOT have to upload financial records.

Step 3: Monitoring the Status of Your Application

Once you have submitted an application, it is your responsibility to monitor the status of your application and to make sure your application is complete. You will be able to monitor the status of your application online after submitting your application and uploading any required documentation.

Step 4: Award Notification and Acceptance

You will be notified by email when a determination has been made regarding your eligibility for each award for which you have applied. If you are determined to be eligible for an award, your next step will be to accept the award!

For certain awards, you must sign a contract agreeing to live and/or work in New York State for a required number of years after graduation as a condition of receiving the award. If you decide not to accept an award with a post-graduation requirement, please indicate this on the contract.