Public Service Grant

In an effort to recognize and acknowledge our community members who serve the public good, we offer the Public Service Grant to eligible public service employees and their dependents. These grants are available to permanent employees.

Grants of 25% of tuition are offered to eligible employees. In addition, grants of 25% of tuition are extended to spouses and dependents of eligible employees. Grant is a one time offer and it is for the spouse’s/dependent’s first (12) undergraduate credits and their first six (6) credits graduate credits.

How to apply for this grant:

  1. Complete the Public Service Grant Eligibility form available in the Financial Aid Department or download it from the link below.
  2. Submit a copy of most recent pay stub. LILAC, local 1108 must submit written proof of membership by an officer of the Union. Membership of the union must be verified in writing by an officer of the LI Labor Advisory Council.

Submit all required forms to Financial Aid Department prior to the start of the semester you are applying for. No exceptions will be made if forms are received after the start of the semester.

by mail: Dowling College, Room 105 Fortunoff Hall, 150 Idle Hour Blvd. Oakdale, NY 11769

    1. by fax: 631-244-1131
    2. email:

Public Service Grant Eligibility Form
If you have questions regarding this program, please email You must include your company and full name in the email. If you are already a Dowling student, you have a College email and that will be the email we use as the official form of electronic communication with you.

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Partners in the Public Service Grant program:

ACLD (Adults & Children with Learning & Developmental Disabilities)
Brookhaven National Lab
BOCES Eastern Suffolk
BOCES Western Suffolk
BOCES Nassau
Court Officers Benevolent Association of Nassau County (COBANC)
Long Island Labor Advisory Council, local 1108*
Melville Chamber of Commerce
Nassau County
Suffolk County
Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees (SCAME)
Suffolk County Court Employees Association
Town of Islip
Town of Brookhaven

If “*”, excludes spouses & dependents of eligible employees/members.


For profit organizations
Public school teachers
Employees eligible to receive tuition assistance from their employer
Students receiving the Public Service Grant are precluded from receiving aid from more than one Dowling College grant program concurrently. However, students may receive Dowling academic merit scholarship in addition to the Public Service Grant
Temporary or seasonal employees
Dowling Institute programs
Reduced or fixed rate programs such as SCOPE and Ed.D program

Public Service Grants will be accepted until the First Day of school with appropriate balance due. No exceptions.