The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.

Students need to apply for TAP every year.

Students will be certified by NYU after the certification census date, which typically is during the third week of the term.

To be eligible for TAP, a student must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • have graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma by passing a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) formally known as a GED, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department;
  • study at an approved post-secondary institution in New York State;
  • be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing with at least a "C" average as of the 4th semester payment;
  • be enrolled as a full-time student taking twelve or more credits applicable toward the degree program, per semester;
  • be charged at least $200 tuition per year;
  • meet income eligibility limitations;
  • not be in default on any state or federal student loans and not be in default on any repayment of State awards;
  • be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a NYS award.

* Credit-bearing courses in the student's minimum full-time course load (12 semester hours or the equivalent) must consist of courses applicable to the student's program of study as a general education requirement, major requirement, or elective.

Good Academic Standing Requirement

To remain eligible for the TAP award, a student must remain in good academic standing. Good academic standing consists of two elements: making satisfactory academic progress towards a degree, and program pursuit.

  • To remain in good academic standing for TAP, a student must earn a minimum number of credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average each term an award is received based on one of the charts below.
    • Example: To be eligible to receive the 5th payment, a non-Opportunity Program student must have already earned 39 credits (or more) with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Non-Opportunity Program students follow the Good Academic Standing Chart below:

Payment Number Total Credits Cumulative GPA
1 0 0
2 6 1.5
3 15 1.8
4 27 1.8
5 39 2.0
6 51 2.0
7 66 2.0
8 81 2.0
9 96 2.0
10 111 2.0

Opportunity Program students follow the Good Academic Standing Chart below:

Payment Number Total Credits Cumulative GPA
1 0 0
2 3 1.1
3 9 1.2
4 21 1.3
5 33 2.0
6 45 2.0
7 60 2.0
8 75 2.0
9 90 2.0
10 105 2.0
  • Program pursuit means completing (getting a grade in) a percentage of the minimum full-time course load in each term an award is received.
    • The percentage, as specified in regulations, begins at 50 percent of the minimum full-time course load in each term of the first year an award is received increases, to 75 percent in each term of the second year an award is received, and to 100 percent in each term of the third year an award is received and thereafter. 
  • If the student fails to make progress toward a degree - either by failing to accrue sufficient credits or by failing to achieve a sufficient cumulative grade point average - the student loses eligibility for a subsequent award. 
    • The Regulations of the Commissioner of Education permit a waiver of good academic standing requirements in certain circumstances.

Good Academic Standing Waiver Request Process

Good academic standing requirements may be waived once for a student if it is determined that such a waiver is in the best interests of the student. Situations that caused a student to lose good academic standing should be beyond the student’s control, not chronic circumstances that cannot be remedied. With the additional term that results from approval of the waiver, a student should be able to regain good standing.

Complete this form to request a one-time (one semester) waiver of the good academic standing requirement of the TAP award.

On the form, you will be asked to explain the reason(s) you do not meet the requirements of TAP's good academic standing, and how you intend to reestablish good academic standing in accordance with TAP regulations within the probationary period of one semester. Include any supporting information that may be relevant to your circumstances.

Upon receipt of your form, the Certifications team will review your application and reach out to you as necessary.  Decisions on your waiver application will be made within three (3) weeks of receipt.  Decisions will be sent to your NYU email. All decisions are final.


  • The waiver is not automatically granted.

  • The waiver form must be completed before the end of the semester for which you are requesting a waiver.
  • The waiver is intended only to accommodate extraordinary or unusual cases.
  • The waiver will only be granted when there is a reasonable expectation that the student will meet future requirements.

Further information about TAP regulations can be found on the HESC website.

Major Declaration Requirement

As per TAP regulations, students must have a declared major (i.e. can not be "Undeclared" or "Undecided" majors) within 30 days of the add/drop period of their junior year. 

  • Students who do not have a declared major by this time can not be certified for further TAP payments until they have declared a major and that major is reflected in Albert.
  • If you are decertified for being undeclared:
    • declare your major following your school's policies/procedures;
    • once your major is updated in Albert, email letting them know your major is updated and you would like to be reconsidered for TAP certification for the term.

NY State Residency Requirement

To meet New York State residency requirements for TAP, applicant must:

  • Currently be a legal resident of New York State, and
  • Have been a resident of New York State for at least 12 months immediately preceding the first term for which the award is being sought, or
  • Have been a legal resident for the last two semesters of high school, or
  • Have been a legal resident of New York State at the time of entry into the armed forces, Peace Corps, or Vista and re-establish NYS residency within six months of release from active duty.

Proof of Residency Process

If NYU is unable to determine a student's New York State residency, they will be asked to complete this Proof of Residency Form before their TAP award can be certified. 

  • Email the completed form to from your NYU email.
  • The form must be completed before NYU will certify your TAP award.
  • Upon receipt of your form, the Certifications team will review your from and reach out to you as necessary letting you know the status of your award.

Part-time TAP

  • Full time registration is a requirement of the TAP Award.
  • A student can be certified for Part-time TAP if they:
    • are enrolled for at least 6 but fewer than 12 semester hour credits or the equivalent, and
    • have earned 12 credits in each of the two consecutive prior semesters (a full-time summer term can be used to meet the prior study requirement)
  • If you apply for TAP, are registered part-time for a term, and meet the requirements above (as well as all other TAP requirements), you will be certified for part-time TAP automatically. 
    • You will be awarded a prorated TAP award based on the amount of credits you are registered for (amount determined by HESC).
    • If you do not wish to be certified for Part-time TAP, email
  • Note:
    • Part-time TAP award is prorated based on the number of credits you are registered for.
    • Part-time TAP counts towards TAP Payment Points.
    • Part-time TAP is not the same as Aid for Part-time Study (APTS).

Repeated Coursework Rules

  • A student who earned a passing grade in a course but wishes to repeat the course in the hopes of improving the grade and overall grade point average cannot count the repeated course as part of the minimum course load.
  • A student can repeat a course and have the course count as part of the minimum full-time course load for TAP certification only if the student did not previously earn credit for the course.
    • A student who receives an F or a W in a course does not earn credit; therefore, courses in which F or W grades have been earned can be repeated and count towards full-time or part-time study requirements of TAP.
  • If a student needs to repeat a course they previously earned a grade in in order to improve/achieve a certain grade as per their major requirements, that course can also count towards the student's full-time or part-time study requirements of TAP.
    • For example, a student receives a D in a nursing course; D is a passing grade; however, any grade lower than a C in a nursing course is considered a failing grade. Thus, the nursing course in which the student earned the D can be repeated as part of the minimum full-time or part-time course load.
    • NOTE: If a student is repeating a course under the above condition, they will receive an email from the TAP Certification team requesting their advisor submit (via the advisor's NYU email address) a letter which certifies that the repeat is indeed required to achieve a certain grade as per their major requirements. The letter should be emailed to

TAP Payment Points Rule

The NYS Higher Education Services Corporation maintains records of student TAP awards by assigning points for each payment. A full semester TAP award equals six (6) payment points; a trimester or quarter award equals four (4) payment points; and a half-time award equals three (3) payment points.

An undergraduate student has a total of four years (or a total of 48 points) of award eligibility or five years (or 60 points) if enrolled in an approved five-year program.