New York's TAP can help you pay for college.
The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Depending on the academic year in which you begin study, an annual TAP award can be up to $5,000. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.
Effective for the 2007-08 academic year and thereafter, TAP is available for students attending SUNY, CUNY and not-for-profit independent degree-granting colleges on a part-time basis. To be eligible for Part-time TAP
you must have been a first-time freshman in the 2006-07 academic year or thereafter, have earned 12 credits or more in each of two consecutive semesters, and maintain a “C” average.
Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible for TAP, you must:
- Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen
- Be a legal resident of New York State
- Study at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State (NYS)
- Have graduated from high school in the United States, earned a GED, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department
- Be enrolled as a full-time student taking 12 or more credits (applicable toward your degree program) per semester
- Be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing
- Have declared a major no later than within 30 days from end of the add/drop period:
- in the first term of your sophomore year in an approved two-year program; or
- in the first term of your junior year in an approved four-year program
- Meet good academic standing requirements
- Be charged at least $200 tuition per year
- Not be in default on any State or federal student loan or on any repayment of state awards.
- Meet income eligibility limitations
What Determines The Amount Of The Award?
The award amount is determined by:
- Academic year in which first payment of TAP or any state award is received
- Type of postsecondary institution and the tuition charge
- Combined family NYS taxable income, Federal, State or local pension income and private pension and annuity income, if applicable.
- Financial status (dependent or independent)
- Other family members enrolled in college