The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
Helps eligible NY residents attending in state post-secondary institutions pay for tuition
- Depending on the academic year in which the student begins study, an annual TAP award can be as high as $5,000.
- Part-time TAP helps eligible New York residents in state, post secondary institutions on a part-time basis for tuition.
- It is avaliable for students who complete requirements as full-time, first-time freshmen in 2006-2007 or thereafter and meet other part-time eligiblity requirements.
- Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back!!
Who is Eligible for TAP?
- Must be a US Citizen, or eligible non-citizen
- Be a legal resident of NY
- Study full-time (at least 12 credit hours per semester) at an approved postsecondary institution in NY
- Have graduated from High School within the US or have a GED, or have passed a federally approved exam demonstrating the student can benefit from the education offered
- Be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing
- Have at least a cumulative "C" average after receipt of two annual payments
- Be charged at lease $200 tuition per year
- Not be in default on a student loan guaranteed by HESC or on any repayment of state awards
- Meet income eligibility limitations
What are the award amounts?
You can estimate your TAP award at www.hesc.org Here are the basic categories:
- Dependent Undergraduate Student- Award range $500-$5,000
- Independent Undergraduate Student- Award range $500- $3,025
- Graduate Student- Award range $75-$550
Awards cannot exceed the maximum amounts shown or 100% of tuition, which ever is less. Eligible students can receive a maximum of eight years of combined undergraduate/graduate assistance.
What determines the Amount of the Award?
- Type of postsecondary institution and the tuition charge
- NYS net taxable income- up to $80,000 (combined, family) for dependent undergraduate students or students who are married or have tax dependents; up to $10,000 for single financially independent undergraduate students with no dependents
- Other family members enrolled in college
- Academic year in which first payment of TAP or any state award is received
How do I apply?
- Start anytime by applying for a Federal Student Aid Persional Identification Number (PIN) at www.pin.edu.gov . Your parents will also need to apply for a PIN if you plan to complete the FAFSA online. Your pin number will arrive in about one week
- Complete and submit the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.edu.gov . If you are a NY resident applying to a college in NY, you should apply for TAP online using the link on the FAFSA Submission Confirmation page.
- You will be prompted to get a HescPIN which you will use to electronically sign, keep track of or make changes to your TAP application. The application deadline is May 1 of the academic year for which the aid is sought.