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!

Eligibility Requirements

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.

How to Apply

  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically at www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you apply using FAFSA-on-the-Web, you will be able to link to your online TAP application at the end of the FAFSA session.
  • At the beginning of the online Tap application, you will be asked to create a HescPIN. You will use your HespPIN when "signing" your TAP application, to keep track of your application information or make changes, as needed.
  • 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.
  • The TAP application deadline is May 1 of the academic year for which aid is sought.
  • Complete your online TAP application (A FAFSA must be completed before you can apply for TAP).
After you apply:
  • About 4 to 6 weeks after submitting your application, you will receive an email notification of your award from New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). This notice will indicate the amount of TAP you can expect to receive at Hostos each term. HESC also notifies the college of your TAP award so you don't have to return anything to the college.
  • If you have not heard from TAP after 6 to 8 weeks, you may check your application or award status using HESC's TAP Online Status Check.
  • Before your TAP award can be credited to your Hostos account for any given semester, the college must first determine whether or not you meet the State's requirements for full-time or part-time enrollment and good academic standing. If you do not meet one or more of these enrollment and progress criteria for TAP eligibility, you will not be able to use your TAP award for that term.
  • If you are determined eligible to receive a TAP award, it will be posted to your Financial Aid Award Summary page in CUNYfirst.  To view this page, login to your Student Center in CUNYfirst, and click on "View Financial Aid." 
TAP Enrollment Requirements
  • You must be enrolled full-time, that is, enrolled for at least 12 credits or equated credits that meet the requirements of your curriculum/major. In your first TAP semester, you must have at least 3 degree credits as part of your full-time course load. After your first semester, you must have at least 6 degree credits as part of your full-time course load.
  • Be enrolled part-time in at least 6 but fewer than 12 equated credits with at least 3 of these being degree credits. To receive Part-Time TAP (or PTAP), you must have earned 12 degree credits in each of the 2 consecutive semesters immediately preceding the term for which you request your first PTAP payment. You must also have at least a 2.0 GPA.
TAP Income Limits

                                              Student Type NYS Taxable Income Limit
Dependent undergraduate students or Independent students who are married and have tax dependents, or Independent students who are unmarried and have tax dependents, or beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, students who qualify as an orphan, foster child or ward of the court $80,000
Independent undergraduate students who are married and have no other tax dependents $40,000
Single independent undergraduate students with no tax dependents $10,000
   
 
TAP Award Amounts

At Hostos, TAP awards range from $500 to $4,800 (maximum awards can equal to but no greater than the full tuition charges).
The amount of TAP you receive depends on your family income (combination of NYS taxable income, Federal, State or local pension income and private pension and annuity income), the number of family members attending college full-time, the number of semesters you have received TAP, and the size of the annual appropriation for the program.

A PTAP award will be based on your part-time credit load and will be calculated as a proportional fraction of the normal full-time TAP award.

New York State Good Academic Standing Standard

NYS Education Law requires a student to remain in good academic standing to continue to be eligible for State student financial assistance. Good academic standing consists of two elements: making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree and pursuing the program of study:
  • Program Pursuit- is a measure of the student’s effort to complete a program. It is based on the number of award payments a student has received. In each term an award is received, the student must receive a passing or failing grade in a minimum percentage of the full-time or part-time course load, as applicable, to remain eligible for a subsequent award. A student who fails to complete (get a grade in) the appropriate percentage of the minimum course load loses eligibility for a subsequent award. https://www.hesc.ny.gov/partner-access/financial-aid-professionals/tap-and-scholarship-resources/tap-coach/41-failure-pursue.html
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress-   is a measure of the student’s achievement toward a degree or certificate. This standard has two components:
  1. Students must accrue a specified number of credits;
  2. Students must achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA).
                       (See charts) 

Students must satisfy both elements to remain in good academic standing. Failure to satisfy either element results in a loss of good standing and loss of a subsequent award until eligibility is regained
 
NYS Good Academic Standing Charts

To receive payments under New York State Tuition Assistance Programs you must maintain good academic standing.  This requirements applies to all students receiving TAP payments.

Meeting Program Pursuit requires that you complete the specified percentage of a minimum full-time or part-time course load for each payment received
Before Being Certified for This TAP Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
A Student Must Have a Prior Semester Course % Completion of 00 50 50 75 75 100
 
 
 
Academic Progress: Applies to undergraduate students first receiving aid  in 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 & remedial students first receiving aid in 2010-11 and thereafter (if a student’s first award was in 2010-11 and thereafter, and he/she does not meet the definition of a remedial student, see charts for non-remedial students)
Before Being Certified for This Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits 0 3 9 18 30 45
­With At Least This Grade Point Average 0 .5 .75 1.3 2.0 2.0
               
 
* A remedial student is defined as a student:
(a) who must take 2 semesters of remediation as indicated by CUNY test scores; or
(b) who is enrolled in at least six semester hours of non-credit remedial courses in the first term a TAP award is received; or 
(c) who is or was enrolled in the College Discovery program..
 
Academic Progress: Applies to non-remedial undergraduate students first receiving aid in 2010-11 and thereafter
Before Being Certified for This TAP Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits 00 6 15 27 39 51
With at Least This Grade Point Average 00 1.3 1.5 1.8 2.0 2.0
 

Academic Progress: Applies to undergraduate students receiving their first TAP award PRIOR to Fall 2006
Before Being Certified for This TAP Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits 00 00 06 18 31 45
With at Least This
Grade Point Average
0.00 0.00 1.00 1.20 2.00 2.00
     
 
ADA (AMERICAN WITH DISABILITY ACT)

Beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, for ADA students who received their first state award during the 2010-11 academic year and thereafter and who are enrolled less than full-time, good academic standing will be determined using new SAP standards which does not modify the requirements for disabled students, but aligns them to be equivalent with those required of full-time students.

PROGRAM: ASSOCIATE PROGRAM CALENDAR: SEMESTER 2015-16 AND THEREAFTER (ADA PART-TIME STUDENTS)
Before Being Certified for This Payment 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH 5TH 6TH 7TH 8TH
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits 0 3 9 18 30 42 51 60
With at Least This Grade Point Average 0 1.3 1.5 1.8 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
 
Reminder for TAP Appeal/Waiver - BE ADVISED

You can only appeal if you have not exceeded six semesters of TAP. If you choose to appeal, you must submit your TAP appeal package to the Student Life Office. Appeals are not granted automatically. A committee must review your package and it will take a minimum of five working days to process a response. The decision made by the Committee is final.

Student Appeal Check-Off List:

https://cms.hostos.cuny.edu/Hostos/media/Miscellaneous-Files/pick2.gif The official documents that will substantiate your unusual circumstances (i.e., letter from the doctor).
https://cms.hostos.cuny.edu/Hostos/media/Miscellaneous-Files/pick2.gif A detailed letter of explanation, describing the unusual circumstances responsible for your poor performance.
https://cms.hostos.cuny.edu/Hostos/media/Miscellaneous-Files/pick2.gif Description of the remedial action that you will take to improve your academic performance and reach the requirements for the next semester of TAP eligibility.
https://cms.hostos.cuny.edu/Hostos/media/Miscellaneous-Files/pick2.gif A copy of your grade transcript.
For more information about the TAP Academic Standards and Appeal Process, please click here.
 
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.
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.
How to Apply

To apply, complete and submit the FAFSA and TAP applications and follow the instructions provided.

Income Limits

The income limits for Part-Time TAP are the same as those for undergraduate TAP:
  • Dependent undergraduate students or students who are married or have tax dependents - $80,000 NYS net taxable income.
  • Single independent undergraduate students with no dependents - $10,000 NYS net taxable income.
P-TAP Credits

Partial TAP payment will be made for students taking 6-11 credits as shown below:

Points Accrual for Part-time TAP Payments
Credits Percent of Full Award Points Accrued
6 50.00% 3
7 58.34% 3.5
8 66.67% 4
9 75.00% 4.5
10 83.34% 5
11 91.67% 5.5


QUICK LINKS RESOURCES AND GUIDES

 

 
Scholarships and Special Awards

Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP)


ASAP, or Accelerated Study in Associate Programs is designed to help motivated college students at community colleges and comprehensive colleges to earn an associate degree as quickly as possible with the goal of graduating 50% of program participants within three years.
 
ASAP offers students a combination of block programming, extra (and required) support services and enrichment activities, small classes (25 or fewer students), career development and job placement assistance, tuition waivers for financial aid eligible students, free use of textbooks and monthly Metrocards for all students.
 
Near the completion of their degree, all ASAP students will receive personal guidance in gaining employment in their selected career field or admission to an appropriate program at a baccalaureate degree-granting college or university. 
 
New York City Council Merit Scholarship
 
The New York City Council Merit Scholarship rewards New York City high school graduates who have proven their ability to succeed academically while they were in high school. The scholarship is effective beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year and students will receive $800 per year ($400 per semester). Scholarship awards may vary for each academic year.

Application Form - There is no separate application for the scholarship. Students are automatically considered for the award when they apply for admission to CUNY.

To qualify you must: 
  • Graduate from a New York City high school with at least an 80(B) College Academic   Average (CAA) average
  • Pass at least twelve college preparatory courses in high school
  • Enroll at a CUNY college as a full-time student within one year of graduating from high school
  • Register as a full-time student each semester (except summer) and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Attend CUNY before attending any other postsecondary institution
  • Students must graduate high school beginning June 2014
  • Undocumented students are not eligible for the Merit Scholarship
Pursuit and Progress
  • You must maintain continuous full-time (12 credits) enrollment within the City University of New York system
  • You must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Students pursuing an associate's degree may receive the NYC Council Merit Scholarship for a maximum of six semesters. Those seeking a bachelor's degree are limited to eight semesters of eligibility
  • The award is not restored once it has been lost.
Matthew Goldstein Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities
 
The Goldstein Scholarship’s purpose is to support the persistence and graduation of CUNY students who must take reduced course loads as reasonable accommodations for their disabilities.
 
CUNY offers these scholarships in honor of Chancellor Emeritus Matthew Goldstein, whose career at our University is a testament to the core values of meaningful access and opportunity in higher education for all otherwise qualified students. Indeed, Chancellor Goldstein’s work has been keenly focused upon extending affordable, accessible and above all, excellent higher education opportunities to groups of students that have historically been underrepresented at CUNY, particularly those with disabilities.
 
This scholarship can provide a tuition waiver for unmet TAP for eligible students. Students considered for the Goldstein Scholarships must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Must be an undergraduate student, enrolled in a degree program
  • Must be in good academic standing, i.e. a grade-point average of 2.0 or better
  • Must be registered with a campus Office of Disability Resources & Services
  • Must be certified as eligible to participate in the “ADA TAP” program by a campus Financial Aid Office’s TAP Certifying Official
  • Must be certified as depleting TAP within the upcoming school year by a campus Financial Aid Office’s TAP Certifying Official
  • Must complete a Matthew Goldstein Scholarship Application <pdf> by the application deadline.
In order to compete for a 2015-16 Goldstein Scholarship, please complete the scholarship application and submit it to your campus Office of Disability Resources & Services no later than June.