The NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provides grants to students to assist them in paying tuition.
The first step in the TAP application process is the completion of the FAFSA. When you get to the FAFSA on the Web Confirmation Page, there will be a link for New York State residents to complete an application for TAP. You must submit a FAFSA and TAP application before June 30, 2021 for the 2020-2021 academic year.
To be eligible for TAP, students must:
Be a United States citizen or eligible
Be a legal resident of New York State for at
least one year prior to the start of the term
Have graduated from high school in the
United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma by passing a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) formally known as a GED, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department
Be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing with at least a “C” average as of the 4th semester payment
Be enrolled as a full-time student taking twelve or more credits applicable toward the degree program, per semester to receive TAP
Not be in default on any state or federal student loans and not be in default on any repayment of State awards
Be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a NYS award; and
Meet income requirement
Families with New York State Net Taxable Income (gross income less deductions and allowances for exemptions) of $80,000 or less qualify to receive a TAP grant.
TAP awards range from $500 to $5165 a year.
Qualifying Program and Credits
You must be admitted into a degree program and be matriculated.
You must register for at least 12 credits or equated credits, which are creditable toward your declared major.
Pursuit and Progress
You must make academic progress towards a degree. You must maintain a minimum GPA for each payment requested.