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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.
Legal residents of New York State who are enrolled in a full-time degree program of at least 12 points a term, or the equivalent, may be eligible for awards under the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). The amount of the award depends on program, family income, financial status (dependent or independent) and number of family members enrolled in college.
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 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
Once you have submitted the FAFSA online, your online confirmation page will give you a link to the TAP-on-the-Web application.
The online TAP application will be partially completed with some information from your FAFSA. Review this data, supply any missing information, and submit the completed form. Be sure to include the school code as listed below:
TAP SCHOOL CODES - UNDERGRADUATE
NOTE: Military veterans TAP code is 5020
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Your school will estimate your TAP award based on the information you provide to the school. The school will verify your information and then calculate an estimated TAP award. Your actual TAP award, calculated by HESC, may differ from the estimate if any discrepancies arise during the verification process (i.e. income, cost of attendance, family members in school, etc.) To get an idea of your potential TAP award, use the TAP Award Estimator.
You will receive an email directing you to the HESC website to view information about and the status of your TAP award.
Your school will see your information on a roster listing students that have received an award for attendance at that school. The school must verify your eligibility and certify your award. The TAP funds will be sent to the school, usually within three to five weeks, after the school certifies your eligibility with New York State.
If your school needs confirmation of how much your TAP award will be before the roster is sent, print your account information from the HESC Web site and provide a copy to the school.
For more information on TAP or APTS, please visit the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).