Tuition Assistance Program or TAP
The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents attending in-state postsecondary institutions pay for tuition. Depending on the academic year in which the student began study, annual TAP awards can be as much as $5,000. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back!
Most students receive up to eight semesters of TAP at both the undergraduate and graduate level as long as they are maintaining satisfactory academic progress. Undergraduate EOP students may receive up to 10 semesters of TAP.
To be eligible for TAP, a student must:
Awards cannot exceed the maximum amounts shown or 95 percent of tuition, whichever is less.
Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can get a FAFSA from a high school guidance office, the local library, or your college's Financial Aid Office. You can also file your FAFSA electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
If you are a New York state resident, and include a New York school in "Step Six" of your FAFSA, HESC will mail you an Express TAP Application (ETA). Information from you FAFSA and your family's calculated New York state net taxable income will be preprinted on your ETA. Review this information, change any incorrect items, complete any missing items, then SIGN AND MAIL THE FORM USING THE RETURN ENVELOPE provided. If you received TAP in one financial aid year, and your information remains the same during the next financial aid year, you may not need to file the ETA to receive an award.
The final filing deadline for TAP is May 1 of the academic year for which aid is sought (Example: for 2008-2009, application deadline is May 1, 2009).
Aid for Part-time Studies (APTS)
This grant is available to matriculated undergraduate New York state residents enrolled for at least three but less than 12 credits per semester. The amount of the award is determined by the funding available and the family's New York state net taxable income. A separate APTS application is required and is available from the Financial Aid Office beginning in August of each academic year. There will be a deadline to meet indicated in the application materials
Eligibility Requirements for APTS
To be considered for an APTS award, students must:
There are also a number of other New York State Grant Programs available to students.
Page last updated January 13th, 2014.