Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Full-time students who are New York State residents may be eligible for a TAP grant ranging from $500 to full tuition per year. 

New York State residents who are registered for 6–11.5 credits in a degree program may be eligible for Aid for Part-Time Students (APTS) or Part-Time TAP. 

For more information, visit Financial Aid Services or Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). (See especially Chapter 3: Student Information.)

The State University of New York has received approval from the State Education Department for University-Wide Standards for awarding state awards.  The regulations require students receiving state awards to:

  • complete a minimum number of credits each term in a registered or otherwise approved program with a minimum GPA
  • accumulate enough credits to graduate with an associate degree within a maximum of six semesters of aid, and a bachelor's degree in eight semesters of aid.

Full-time eligibility requirements involve three factors: 1) satisfactory academic progress; 2) program pursuit in the previous semester; 3) a minimum of 12 credits fulfilling requirements for your current degree program.

If you fail to meet satisfactory progress or program pursuit, the regulations allow for one waiver during your undergraduate career. The waiver will become part of your records and you are expected to make satisfactory progress thereafter. The waiver is not automatically given and you must apply and be approved.

More detailed information and waiver forms are available in the Registrar's Office, Feldman Center, Room C158. TAP eligibility requirements are subject to change based on New York State legislation.

For more information on Satisfactory Academic Progress for TAP students:
    Students who received their first TAP award 2009 academic year and earlier (.pdf)
    Students who received their first TAP award 2010 academic year and after (.pdf)

To apply for TAP and for additional information about paying for college, visit Financial Aid