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

Income Limits

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.

Award Amounts

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.