New York State Programs

New York State Programs


 

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The New York State 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 $4,800 for Hostos Community College students. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back!

To be eligible for TAP, a student must:

  • be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen;
  • be a legal resident of New York State (that is, you must have lived in the State for at least one year prior to the start of the term for which you are seeking payment);
  • have a high school diploma from a U.S. high school, 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;
  • study at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State;
  • be matriculated in an approved program of study, maintain good academic standing and meet program pursuit standards;
  • be enrolled as a full-time student taking twelve or more credits applicable toward the degree program. Credit-bearing courses in the student's minimum full-time course load (12 semester hours or the equivalent) must consist of courses applicable to the student's program of study as a general  education requirement, major requirement, or elective;
  • not be in default on any state or federal student loans and not be in default on any repayment of State awards;
  • be charged at least $200 tuition per year;
  • be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a NYS award; and
  • meet income eligibility limitations.

For more information on TAP click here

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Part-Time TAP Program

Part-time TAP helps eligible New York residents attending in-state postsecondary institutions on a part-time basis pay for tuition. Effective for the 2007-2008 Academic Year Part-time TAP is a grant and does not have to be paid back. Part-time TAP is not the same as Aid for Part-Time Study.
To be eligible for Part-Time TAP, a student must:
  • Be a first-time freshman in the 2006-07 academic year or thereafter
  • Have earned 12 or more credits toward graduation in each of the two consecutive semesters, for a minimum total of 24 credits earned, by the time the first PTAP award is sought.
  • Maintain a minimum of a “C” average (2.00 GPA)
  • Satisfied all NYS TAP award eligibility requirements, except for full-time attendance. 
  • Be enrolled for at least 6 but fewer than 12 semester hours with at least 3 of these being degree credits.
For more information on PTAP click here

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Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)

The Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) program provides grant assistance to eligible students enrolled part-time in an approved undergraduate program at participating institutions. Unlike TAP, APTS is a campus-based discretionary program funded by an annual appropriation.
To be considered for an APTS award, students must:
  • Enroll part-time as matriculated students in approved undergraduate degree programs or registered certificate programs at degree-granting institutions in New York State
  • Must be enrolled for at last 6 but fewer than 12 semester hours.
  • Must satisfy all NYS TAP award eligibility requirements, except for full-time attendance.
  • Meet the program income limits
  • Not have used up Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility.
For more information on APTS click here

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