Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
New York State's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provides grants to students to assist them in paying tuition. The TAP program is administered by the NY State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).
The first step in the TAP application process is the completion of the FAFSA. When you get to the FAFSA on the Web Confirmation Page, there will be a link for New York State residents to complete an application for TAP. If you are not using the Internet to apply for financial aid you will be mailed a TAP application several weeks after the FAFSA has been processed. You must submit a FAFSA and TAP application before June 30, 2016 for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Residence and Citizenship
Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen and be a legal resident of New York State
To be eligible for TAP, students must:
Families with New York State Net Taxable Income (gross income less deductions and allowances for exemptions) of $80,000 or less qualify to receive a TAP grant.
TAP awards range from $500 to $5165 a year.
Qualifying Program and credits
You must be admitted into a degree program and be matriculated. You must register for at least 12 credits or equated credits, which are creditable toward your declared major.
Pursuit and Progress
You must make academic progress towards a degree. You must maintain a minimum GPA for each payment requested.
Additional information on TAP
AID FOR PART-TIME STUDY (APTS)
APTS is a grant from New York State for students pursuing a degree as a part-time undergraduate student. The amount of the grant is determined by LIU and is based upon the availability of funds from New York State.
To apply you must have completed the FAFSA and TAP application.
Qualifying Program and credits
You must be a matriculated student. For this program at LIU, part-time study means being enrolled for less than 12 credits per semester.
You must be a New York State resident
To be considered for an APTS award, students must:
Eligibility for an APTS award is based on New York State net taxable income from the preceding calendar year.
PART-TIME TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Part-Time TAP allows for partial TAP payments for students taking between 6-11 credit. This program is available to students who meet the specified requirements. To apply you must complete a FAFSA and a TAP application.
To receive Part-Time TAP you must meet the following requirements:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I apply for TAP?
When you have completed the FAFSA-on-the-Web, the confirmation page will give you a link to the TAP-on-the-Web application for New York State financial aid. Before completing the TAP application, you will be asked to establish a PIN (Personal Identification Number) for TAP. This PIN will allow you to complete your application later, access your application information, or make changes, if necessary.
After establishing your PIN, you will be able to complete your TAP application. The TAP on-line form will be pre-filled with some of the information from the FAFSA you completed on-line. Review this data, supply any missing information, and submit the form. Follow the instructions provided.
How much TAP am I eligible for, and when will I receive it?
LIU will initially give you an estimate of your TAP award in your financial aid package. The information you provide is verified and the TAP award subject to change if there are any discrepancies in income, cost of attendance, family members in school, etc. Use the TAP Estimator on www.hesc.ny.gov to determine an estimate of your award. The school must verify your eligibility and certify your award.
Once the school certifies you are eligible and meeting all of the school requirements, the TAP funds will be sent to the school.
I received TAP last year, do I have to apply again?
In addition to the FAFSA application you must also file a TAP application every year.
How much TAP can I receive each semester?
The amount of TAP you receive depends on your family income, the number of family members attending college full-time, the number of semesters you have received TAP, and the size of the annual appropriation for the program. Maximum TAP awards can be equal to but not greater than the full tuition charge at the college. State budgetary restrictions can further limit TAP awards to a portion of your tuition. A PTAP award will be based on your part-time credit load and will be calculated as a proportional fraction of the normal full-time TAP award.
For how many semesters can I receive TAP?
For an associate degree you may receive TAP for up to 6 semesters. You will be limited to 6 semesters of TAP even if you change majors or transfer to another community college. When you enroll in a 4 year college program at a senior college, you will become eligible for an additional 2 full-time semesters of TAP bringing your undergraduate total to 8 semesters. If you are enrolled in a special program, such as HEOP, you may receive up to 10 semesters (or the equivalent) of TAP as an undergraduate.
Can I get TAP for repeating a course?
If you repeat a course that you previously passed, you may not count the repeated course towards full-time enrollment for TAP purposes. This means that in order to receive TAP in a semester where you may be repeating a course you passed previously that you have, in addition to the repeated course, at least 12 credits or equated credits of non-repeated courses. If you repeat a course that you previously failed, you may include that course towards full-time enrollment for TAP purposes.
Can I get TAP for remedial courses?
Remedial courses may be counted towards either full-time or part time enrollment for TAP purposes. However, to qualify for TAP, you must always be registered for a certain number of degree credit courses.
Where could I go for more information about my TAP award?
The HESC Customer Communication Center can be reached by telephone toll-free at 1-888-NYS-HESC (1-888-697-4372) or 1-518-473-1574. The Customer Communication Center answers general inquiries. If you are calling about your TAP grant or student loan, please have your account number ready. You could also reach them on the web by going to www.hesc.org.