Eligibility for New York State Financial Aid

Eligibility for Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is a grant program for New York State residents who are enrolled full time (12 or more credit hours per semester). The on-line TAP application can be accessed after completing the FAFSA by linking to it directly from the FAFSA Confirmation Page. If you miss the TAP link after finishing the FAFSA, you must wait five business days until your FAFSA data is received by HESC. After the information is received, you can complete a TAP on the Web application.

To be eligible for TAP, students must:

Be accepted into a major prior to their completion of 60 credit hours

  • Pre-major and undeclared status are unacceptable for TAP purposes once a student has earned 60 credit hours

Enroll full-time each semester only in courses that apply to the program of study or major

  • Minimum of 12 new credit hours required
  • Enrollment in course(s) previously failed or withdrawn from is allowed as part of the minimum 12 credit hours

Maintain satisfactory academic progress according to the published TAP chart.

Students enrolled for less than 12 credit hours can apply for Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS).

SUNY Tuition Credit (SUNYTC)

SUNYTC is a SUNY grant for TAP-eligible students that helps to offset the rising tuition cost.