Additional Information on TAP


  • If you are pursuing an associate’s degree you must declare a major before the beginning of your second year (before 31 credits)

  • If you are pursuing a bachelor’s degree you must declare a major before the beginning of your third year (before 61 credits)

  • HESC will Verify the income tax information on your TAP application with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance

  • You are allowed a total of 48 TAP points for your entire undergraduate degree. You use six points for each full-time TAP payment. You may receive up to six semesters as an associate degree student. For some special programs you can earn up to 10 semesters and are allowed at total to 60 points

    • Students enrolled in the College Discovery Program
      may be eligible for an additional semester of TAP eligibility; please contact the College Discovery Office at (718)-518-448

  • Disabled students may be eligible to combine coursework from more than one semester to meet the full-time attendance requirement (see your college for more information).