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The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provides awards to students to assist them in paying tuition. To qualify, you and your parents (if you are considered a dependent student) must have a New York State Net Taxable Income (gross income less deductions and allowances for exemptions) of $80,000 dollars or less. Income requirement is different for independent students. (Visit the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website for more information).

The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation administers this program. Income reported on the application is automatically compared with the records of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

  • For Undergraduate students enrolled in the Fall and Spring semesters, TAP awards can range from $100.00-$2,500.00 dollars, per semester.
  • If TAP appears on your Financial Aid award letter, as a form of aid, you should consider it to be an estimate or anticipated credit. Also, if TAP appears on your award letter, you must still apply for TAP on the HESC website.
  • The actual TAP award is certified and sent to NYU directly from NYS HESC. To check the status of your TAP application, visit the HESC website.
    • For the Fall semester, the actual TAP funds are received and posted to your NYU account in October.
    • For the Spring semester, the actual TAP funds are received and posted to your NYU account in March.

How to apply for TAP:

  1. Students, who are New York State residents applying for TAP must do so by first filling out a FAFSA application. You will be able to link to your online TAP application at the end of the FAFSA session. For details about the TAP application process visit the HESC website.

  2. TAP change forms can be requested by logging into the HESC website and clicking "Manage My Account," or by contacting 1-866-431-HESC (1-866-431-4372).

Additional TAP Links:

TAP Eligibility

Depending on the academic year in which you begin study, an annual TAP award can be up to $5,000. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.

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 (NYS)
  • 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 enrolled as a full-time student taking 12 or more credits (applicable toward your degree program) per semester
  • Be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing
  • Have declared a major no later than within 30 days from end of the add/drop period:
    • in the first term of your sophomore year in an approved two-year program; or
    • in the first term of your junior year in an approved four-year program
  • Meet good academic standing requirements
  • Be charged at least $200 tuition per year
  • Not be in default on any State or federal student loan or on any repayment of state awards.
  • Meet income eligibility limitations.

What Determines The Amount Of The Award?

The award amount is determined by:

  • Academic year in which first payment of TAP or any state award is received
  • Type of postsecondary institution and the tuition charge
  • Combined family NYS taxable income, Federal, State or local pension income and private pension and annuity income, if applicable.
  • Financial status (dependent or independent)
  • Other family members enrolled in college

If you are receiving TAP for the Fall or Spring semester, you will be given a credit on your Bursar Statement of Account.

Summer TAP eligibility:

For the Summer semester, please see the eligibility requirements on the HESC website.

*Please note:

  • Summer students must pay their Bursar account balance by the Summer payment deadline. If the student is eligible for Summer TAP, the money will be received by NYU after the Summer semester.
  • If a student is eligible for Summer TAP and enrolled as a full-time student in the Summer semester, the TAP payment will post to the student's NYU account during the Fall semester. For example, during the Summer 2013, TAP funds will post to a student's account in October 2013 (full-time eligible Summer students).
  • Students registered as a half-time student for the Summer, the TAP payment will post to the student's NYU account at the end of the following year. For example, during the Summer 2013, TAP funds will post to a student's account in October 2014 (half-time eligible Summer students).

Additional TAP information:

  • The dropping of courses can or may affect the TAP award you received when an evaluation (audit) for the New York State Education Department Commissioner's Guidelines for Good Academic Standing is performed.
  • Grades of incomplete must be satisfied before the completion of the following semester.

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