To be eligible for TAP, a student must:

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen

  • Be a legal resident of New York State

  • Study full time (a combination of at least 3 academic credits and 12 billable credits the first semester, 6 and 12 respectively thereafter, in courses that meet the graduation requirements for your curriculum/major) at an approved postsecondary institution in New York

  • Have graduated from high school, or have a GED, or have passed a federally-approved exam demonstrating the student can benefit from the education offered

  • Be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing

  • Have, at least, a cumulative "C" average after receipt of two annual payments

  • Be charged at least $200 tuition per year

  • Not be in default on a student loan guaranteed by HESC and not be in default on any repayment of State awards

  • Meet income eligibility limitations.