NYIT cuts tuition for kids of teachers, first responders

NYIT blue: New York Institute of Technology President Henry Foley (second from right) was joined by (from left) Old Brookville Police Officer Thomas Makinen, Suffolk County Police Chief of Department Stuart Cameron and Old Brookville Police Officer Stephen Cochrane to announce the university's new public-sector scholarship program.

A generous New York Institute of Technology scholarship program will slash tuition costs for the children of regional teachers and first responders.

Heralded by NYIT as a “major public sector scholarship,” the Children of Police Officers, Firefighters, EMT and K-12 Teachers Award offers a 50 percent tuition break to qualifying students from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, beginning with the Fall 2019 semester.

The new award program, announced this week by NYIT President Henry Foley, fits in nicely at a scholarship-heavy university where better than 90 percent of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students receive some form of financial aid – including existing tuition discounts for actively employed sheriffs and police, auxiliary police and corrections officers.

But the new public-sector effort goes beyond the call of duty by further honoring the dedication of law enforcers, firefighters and EMT personnel, as well as the commitment of K-12 teachers.

Offering NYIT’s 50-plus undergraduate programs at a reduced rate to students whose parents (or legal guardians) are fully employed in these public service professions both honors the parents and prepares their children for the new economy – all while bolstering NYIT’s mission to be “one of the most affordable private not-for-profit universities in New York,” according to Foley.

Thomas Suozzi: Life-changing gift.

“A college education is one of the best investments you can make in your future,” the president noted. “True to New York Tech’s mission to provide access to opportunity to all qualified students, we are committed to … ensuring that the children of those serving our communities are able to become the makers, doers and innovators of the next generation.”

Several regional lawmakers joined Foley to announce the new scholarship program, including State Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore), who trumpeted a “tremendous program” filled with “visionary foresight” and U.S. Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-NY 3), the former Glen Cove mayor and Nassau County executive who called the award effort “a great gift that will change people’s lives.”

With full-time undergraduate tuition set at $18,300 per semester, the Old Westbury-based university boasts a wide selection of scholarship and grant programs, including access to the U.S. Department of Education Federal Pell Grant Program and a variety of academic scholarships funded by NYIT trustees, alumni, faculty, staff and friends.

The new public-sector initiative is a worthy addition to the collection, according to State Sen. Anna Kaplan (D-Hicksville), who joined Foley for this week’s announcement.

“It is a great way to take care of those who take care of us every day,” Kaplan said.