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In New York State, generally there are two state grants available for qualifying students: TAP, or the NYS Tuition Assistance Program, for full-time students, and APTS, or Aid to Part-Time Students, for part-time students.
The Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) program provides grant assistance for eligible part-time students enrolled in approved undergraduate studies.
To be considered for an 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
- Be charged at least $100 tuition per year
- Not have exhausted Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility
- Not be in default on any Federal or State student loan or on any repayment of state awards
- Meet income eligibility limitations
To apply, students should obtain an APTS application from your School Financial Aid Office. Since funds are limited, the student should complete the application and return it to the college as early as possible for processing.
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) forwards all approved TAP awards to the University for release into your student account. However, prior to and after the release of these funds, the University Registrar’s Office must certify your full-time enrollment status
APTS awards are processed for students in the School of General Studies.
Once the students’ eligibility has been determined based on the established criteria, a roster of eligible students is then forwarded to HESC for their final approval. Although funds are released into a student’s account based on SFP’s initial determination, they may be removed if HESC determines that the recipient is ineligible. All APTS awards are posted after the add/drop period.
Generally, TAP and APTS awards are posted to the students’ tuition accounts after add/drop or within 6 weeks from the start of the term.
For more information on TAP or APTS, please visit the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).