Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

To be eligible for TAP, a student must:

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be a resident of New York
  • Study full time (at least 12 credits per semester) at an approved postsecondary institution in New York
  • Have graduated from high school, or has a GED, or passed a federally-approved exam demonstrating that 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
  • Not be in default on a student loan guaranteed by HESC and not be in default on any repayment of State awards
  • Meet income requirements

TAP provides some services on the web:

New York State Application for Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Students and families will initiate the TAP application process by completing and filing the 2010-2011
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

We recommend you complete the TAP application while you are completing the FAFSA.  At the end of the FAFSA process, you are given the option to apply for TAP.

If for some reason you do not or are unable to apply for TAP as part of the FAFSA process, once you have completed the FAFSA, apply online.