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Tuition Assistance Program from New York State

New York State Tuition Assistance Program

Legal residents of New York State who are enrolled in a full-time degree program of at least 12 credits a term, or the equivalent, may be eligible for awards under the New York State Tuition Assistance Program. The amount of the award depends on program, family income, financial status (dependent or independent) and number of family members enrolled in college.

Eligibility
To be eligible for TAP, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Be a legal resident of New York State
  • Study at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State
  • Have graduated from high school in the United States, earned a GED, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student taking 12 or more credits per semester
  • 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 or on any repayment of state awards
  • Meet income eligibility limitations

Award Amounts
TAP Awards cannot exceed the maximum amounts shown or 100 percent of tuition, whichever is less. Awards for dependent students and independent students who are married or have tax dependents range from $500 to $5,000. Awards for single independent students range from $500 to $2,500.

Undergraduate students enrolled in four-year programs may receive up to four years of assistance for full-time study and up to five years of assistance in an approved specialized program.

Income Limits
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.

TAP Award Estimator

Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)

The Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) program provides grant assistance for eligible part-time students enrolled in approved undergraduate studies. Currently, this program is only available for General Studies students. For this program, part-time study means being enrolled for at least 3 but less than 12 semester hours per semester.

Eligibility
To be eligible for APTS award, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Be a legal resident of New York State
  • Have graduated from a high school in the United States, earned a GED, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department
  • Be enrolled as a part-time student
  • Be matriculated in an approved program of study in a participating New York State postsecondary institution
  • Be in good academic standing: Have achieved at least a cumulative "C" average after having received the equivalent of two full years of payment of state-sponsored student financial aid
  • Be charged at least $100 tuition per year
  • Not have exhausted Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility
  • Not be in default on a student loan guaranteed by HESC or on any repayment of state awarded funds
  • Meet income eligibility limitations

Award Amounts
Awards provide up to $2,000 per year for part-time undergraduate study at participating institutions in New York State. An APTS award cannot exceed tuition charges.

Income Limits
Eligibility for an APTS award is based on New York State net taxable income from the preceding calendar year.

  • For students who were eligible to be claimed as tax dependents by their parents, family New York State NET taxable income may not exceed $50,550. Family income includes student AND parent income.
  • For students who were not eligible to be claimed by their parents as tax dependents, their New York State NET taxable income (including spouse's income) may not exceed $34,250. The spouse's income must be included if they were married on or before December 31 of the previous calendar year.

For students who were not eligible to be claimed by their parents but were eligible to claim tax dependents other than self and/or spouse, their New York State NET taxable income (including spouse's income) may not exceed $50,550. The spouse's income must be included if they were married on or before December 31 of the previous calendar year

How to Apply
To apply, students should download the APTS application from the Forms section of our website. Since funds are limited, the student should complete the application and return it to their office as early as possible for processing.

How to Apply
The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) distributes APTS funds to participating colleges in New York State. College financial aid administrators select potential recipients from eligible students and decide who will receive APTS awards based on the funds they have available and students' needs.

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