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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. First, you will be
asked to establish a
Identification Number) for TAP. You will need this to apply
later, keep track of your application information, or make changes,
as needed. After establishing your PIN, you will be able to complete
your TAP application online. Information from your FAFSA and your
family's calculated NYS net taxable income will be pre-filled on
your TAP-on-the-Web application. Follow the instructions provided.
If you don't apply for federal aid online, you can get a paper
FAFSA from a high school guidance office, the local library, or your
college’s financial aid office. Even if you use a paper FAFSA to
apply for federal aid, you may still choose to complete your TAP
application on the Web. Approximately 3 weeks after submitting your
FAFSA, HESC will notify you by post card or e-mail, telling you that
you can go to hesc.org, establish a PIN, and complete your TAP
application online. Follow the online instructions for completing
the TAP-on-the-Web application.
If you choose not to apply online, HESC will mail you an Express
TAP Application (ETA). Information from your FAFSA and your family’s
calculated NYS net taxable income will be preprinted on your ETA.
Review this information, change any incorrect items, complete any
missing items, then SIGN AND MAIL THE FORM USING THE RETURN
If you have previously received TAP, and your information remains
the same, you may only have to file a FAFSA to get an award.
If you provide an e-mail address on your FAFSA, HESC will use
that address to contact you about your TAP application, give you
processing updates, or award information. Please respond to any
requests or instructions sent by HESC.
The TAP application deadline is May 1 of the academic year for
which aid is sought.
For more information
about how to apply for TAP,
Complete your online TAP application (A FAFSA must be completed before you can apply for TAP).
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