Sponsored by the State of New York, the TAP grant provides tuition assistance for full-time degree (matriculated) students (that is, students enrolled for 12 or more credits and/or equated credits) and is based on the family’s New York State net taxable income described below. You should apply for TAP each year by completing the FAFSA and clicking on the link on the FAFSA Confirmation Page to go to “TAP on the web”. If you exited the FAFSA before completing the TAP application – and you filled in your New York State address and a New York State college on the FAFSA – HESC will automatically receive your information in about three days. HESC will then send you an email or postcard with directions to complete the TAP application online. This application starts with the Fall semester and ends with the Spring. Students whose applications for TAP are approved will receive an award certificate from HESC, which states the amount of the grant. The amount of the TAP award is scaled according to the level of study, tuition charged, and the net taxable income, as well as the number of TAP payments already received.
TAP Eligibility Requirements
- Be a legal resident of New York State (NYS) and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months
- Be a U.S. citizen, eligible noncitizen or hold an I-94 visa as a refugee, paroled refugee or conditional entrant
- Have a high school diploma from a U.S. high school, earned a high school equivalency diploma through Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) formally known as GED, or receive a passing score on an approved ability-to-benefit
- If your diploma was not from a U.S. high school, you must take a state-approved ATB test to qualify for NYS aid even if you were admitted as a regular student. ATB tests are administered through the college’s Testing Office and must be taken before classes begin in order to qualify for New York State tuition assistance)
- Study at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State
- Be matriculated (enrolled in a program leading to a degree)
- Be enrolled as a full-time student taking twelve or more credits applicable toward the degree program, per semester
- Meet income eligibility requirements
- Be in good academic standing for New York State financial aid programs by meeting Academic Progress standards and demonstrating Program Pursuit each semester you receive TAP (see the NYS Good Academic Standing Charts).
- 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
What are the income limits for TAP?
|Dependent||Total family NYS net taxable income limit $80,000.00|
|Independent & Single With No Tax Dependents||Total family NYS net taxable income limit $10,000.00|
|Independent & Married With No Tax Dependents||Total family NYS net taxable income limit $40,000.00|
|Independent With Tax Dependents||Total family NYS net taxable income limit $80,000.00|