Alternative Financial Aid Programs
For Students who may not qualify for or receive enough funding through the traditional financial aid programs, there are still programs available that can provide financial assistance to students, in exchange for some type of service requirement on the part of the student.
AmeriCorps is a national service program offering opportunities for individuals to serve their country through community service. In return for successful completion of their service, Americorps members can receive an AmeriCorps Education Award to pay educational expenses at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans. In addition, many AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance.
For more information on the AmeriCorps program, you should check out the following web sites:
Rochester AmeriCorps Program
New York State Volunteer Recruitment Service Scholarship
NYS National Guard Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program
Under this program, New York State provides scholarships finds to volunteer firefighters and ambulance personnel. For eligibility requirements and information on how to apply, visit the NYS Volunteer Recruitment Service
Scholarship page on the HESC www.hesc.org web site.
This program is designed to recruit and retain quality members for the State Military Forces (Army and Air National Guard, and Naval Militia). This competitive program will pay the cost of tuition up to a maximum of $4,350 per calendar year for eligible qualified applicants. For eligibility requirements and information on how to apply, visit the Education Assistance page on the NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs web site.
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a training program of the United States armed forces present on college campuses to recruit and educate commissioned officers. In exchange for a service commitment, participants in ROTC programs are eligible for scholarships to assist with their educational expenses.
For more information on these programs, use the links below.
Military Veterans Educational Benefits
The Department of Veterans Affairs administers several educational benefit programs for active duty military personnel, reservists, and veterans. Programs include the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30 & Chapter1606), Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP), Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program, Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program (Chapter 31), and Work-Study Program.
For more information, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs web site on Education Benefits,
Veterans Benefits Administration home page, or the MCC Veterans Services web site.