Grants are often called “gift aid”—financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid, except under certain circumstances. See below for the different types of New York State grants.
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. You must submit a FAFSA and TAP application before June 30, 2021 for the 2020-2021 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:
Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen.
Be a legal resident of New York State for at least one year prior to the start of the term.
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.
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 to receive TAP.
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; and
Meet income requirement.
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.
If you are pursuing an associate’s degree you must declare a major before the beginning of your second year (before 31 credits).
If you are pursuing a bachelor’s degree you must declare a major before the beginning of your third year (before 61 credits).
HESC will Verify the income tax information on your TAP application with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.
You are allowed a total of 48 TAP points for your entire undergraduate degree. You use six points for each full-time TAP payment. You may receive up to six semesters as an associate degree student. For some special programs you can earn up to 10 semesters and are allowed at total to 60 points.
Disabled students may be eligible to combine coursework from more than one semester to meet the full-time attendance requirement (see your college for more information).
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 CUNY and is based upon the availability of funds from New York State.
To apply you must have completed the FAFSA, TAP application and the CUNY Financial Aid Supplement form.
Qualifying Program and Credits
You must be a matriculated student.
For this program at CUNY part-time study means being enrolled for at least 6 but less than 12 credits per semester.
You must be a New York State resident.
To be considered for an APTS award, students must:
Enroll part time as matriculated students in approved undergraduate degree programs or registered certificate programs at degree-granting institutions in New York State.
Meet the program income limits.
Be New York State residents and either United States citizens or qualifying non-citizens.
Not have used up Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility.
Maintain good academic standing.
Not be in default on any Federal or State student loan or on any repayment of state awards.
You must maintain a “C” average after having received the equivalent of two full years of payment of State-sponsored student financial aid.
Have graduated from high school in the United States, or earned a high school equivalency diploma by passing the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), formally known as GED, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department.
Eligibility for an APTS award is based on New York State net taxable income from the preceding calendar year.
If students were eligible to be claimed as tax dependents by their parents, family New York State NET taxable income can be as much as $50,550 to qualify for an award. Family income includes student AND parents’ income.
If students were not eligible to be claimed by their parents as tax dependents, their New York State NET taxable income (including spouse’s income) can be as much as $34,250 to qualify for an award. Spouse’s income must be included if they were married on or before December 31 of the previous calendar year.
If students were not eligible to be claimed by their parents but were eligible to claim tax dependents other than self and/or spouse, New York State NET taxable income (including spouse’s income) can be as much as $50,550 to qualify for an award. Spouse’s income must be included if they were married on or before December 31 of the previous calendar year.
Part-Time TAP is a new program from New York State that allows for partial TAP payments for students taking between 6-11 credit. This program is available to CUNY, SUNY and Not-for-Profit independent degree granting college 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:
Be a New York State resident
Be admitted into a degree program
Earn 12 credits or more in each of two consecutive preceding semesters, for a total of 24 credits
Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher
Register for at least six credit hours, but less than 12 credits
The Financial Aid Eligibility and Certification Tracking System (FACTS) is a financial aid online tool designed to help students understand and monitor their eligibility for selected financial aid programs - New York State Tuition Assistance Programs (TAP) and scholarships.
FACTS is a financial aid advisement system, not your official financial aid record. All official financial aid information is stored on CUNYfirst.
To login to the FACTS system, visit the CUNYfirst Login page.
Enter your CUNYfirst username followed by @login.cuny.edu and CUNYfirst password.
Click on FACTS – Financial Aid from your Student Center.
Hunter College will provide you an estimate of your TAP award. 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 College certifies you are eligible and meeting all of the requirements, the TAP funds will be disbursed.
In addition to the FAFSA application you must also file a TAP application every year.
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 an associate degree you may receive TAP for up to six (6) semesters. You will be limited to six (6) semesters of TAP even if you change majors or transfer to another community college. When you enroll in a four-year college program at a senior college, you will become eligible for an additional two full-time semesters of TAP bringing your undergraduate total to eight (8) semesters. If you are enrolled in a special program, such as SEEK, you may receive up to ten (10) semesters (or the equivalent) of TAP as an undergraduate.
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.
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
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.ny.gov.