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New York State Grants and Scholarships

New York's TAP can help you pay for college.

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible Undergraduate New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. 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.

Effective for the 2007-08 academic year and thereafter, TAP is available for students attending SUNY, CUNY and not-for-profit independent degree-granting colleges on a part-time basis. To be eligible for Part-time TAP you must have been a first-time freshman in the 2006-07 academic year or thereafter, have earned 12 credits or more in each of two consecutive semesters, and maintain a ā€œCā€ average.

Who Is Eligible?

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

Award Amounts and Income Limits

TAP Awards cannot exceed the maximum amounts shown or 100 percent of tuition, whichever is less.

Award Amounts

Undergraduate Students At Degree-Granting and Not-For-Profit Institutions

Dependent students or independent students who are married and have tax dependents or independent students who are single and have tax dependents

First Year in Which Student Received an Award Award Range
2000 - 2001 and thereafter $500 - $5,000
1994 - 1995 through 1999 - 2000 $500 - $4,125
All years prior to 1994 - 1995 $500 - $3,575

Independent Students Who are Married and Have No Other Tax Dependents

First Year in Which Student Received an Award Award Range
Applicable to students who receive awards in any school year $500 - $3,025

Independent Students Who are Single With No Tax Dependents

First Year in Which Student Received an Award Award Range
All years since 1994 - 1995 $500 - $3,025
1992 - 1993 and 1993 - 1994 $500 - $2,575
All years prior to 1992 - 1993 $500 - $2,450

Undergraduate students enrolled in four-year programs may receive up to four years of assistance for full-time study, and up to five years of assistance in an approved specialized program.

Students At Proprietary Registered Non-Degree Private Business Schools

  • For dependent students or independent students who are married or have tax dependents, awards range from $100 to $800

  • For single independent students with no tax dependents, awards range from $100 to $640.

Income Limits

Undergraduate

  • Dependent undergraduate students or independent students who are married and have tax dependents, or independent students who are unmarried and have tax dependents - $80,000 NYS taxable income.
  • Independent undergraduate students who are married and have no other tax dependents - $40,000 NYS taxable income.
  • Single independent undergraduate students with no tax dependents - $10,000 NYS taxable income.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To remain eligible for financial aid, you have to be in good academic standing. To be in good academic standing, you have to make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of your program of study, and you have to pursue your program of study each term you receive an award payment. Satisfactory progress is a measure of your achievement and requires that you earn a specified number of credits toward your degree or certificate with a minimum specified cumulative grade point average. Pursuit of program is a measure of your effort to complete--to get grades in--a specified percentage of your course load.

Effective for the 1995-96 academic year and thereafter, New York State Education Law requires that a recipient of State student financial aid maintain a minimum cumulative C average after receiving four full-time semester award payments or the equivalent.

Effective for the 2010-11 academic year and thereafter, New York State Education Law requires a non-remedial student, whose first award year is in 2010--11 and thereafter, must meet new standards of satisfactory academic progress (SAP). Non-remedial students whose first year is 2007-08 through 2009-10 must meet the SAP requirements enacted in 2006. Those meeting the definition of "remedial student" are not subject to the new SAP standards, but will use the requirements established in 2006. The law enacted in 2006 mandated minimum standards of satisfactory academic progress for students receiving their first State award in academic year 2006-07 year.

Standard of Satisfactory Academic Progress for the Purpose of Determining Eligibility for State Student Aid

Effective 2010-11 for non-remedial students receiving first NYS award payment in 2010-11 and thereafter. Students enrolled in an approved certificate program will use the 2006 SAP charts.

Program: Baccalaureate Program

Calendar: Semester

Before Being Certified for This Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits 0 6 15 27 39 51 66 81 96 111
With At Least This Grade Point Average 0 1.5 1.8 1.8 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0

Programs: Associate Program

Calendar: Semester

Before Being Certified for This Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits 0 6 15 27 39 51
With at Least This Grade Point Average 0 1.3 1.5 1.8 2.0 2.0

Program: Baccalaureate Program

Calendar: Trimester

Before Being Certified for This Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits 0 4 8 14 22 30 38 46 56 66 76 86 96 106 116
With at Least This Grade Point Average 0 1.1 1.5 1.5 1.8 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0

Program: Associate Program

Calendar: Trimester

Before Being Certified for This Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits 0 2 6 14 22 30 38 46 54
With At Least This Grade Point Average 0 1.0 1.3 1.5 1.5 1.8 2.0 2.0 2.0


Note: The 2011ā€“12 enacted NYS budget mandates the following standards of progress, enacted in 2006-07, shall be used for non-remedial students who first receive State aid in 2007-08 through 2009-10 and for students who meet the definition of "remedial student" in 2010-11 and thereafter.

Standard of Satisfactory Academic Progress for the Purpose of Determining Eligibility for State Student Aid

Effective for students whose first award was received in 2006-07, 2007-08 through 2009-10 and 2010-11 and thereafter for those who meet the definition of "remedial student." Students enrolled in an approved certificate program will use the 2006 SAP charts.

Program: Baccalaureate Program

Calendar: Semester 2006-07 through 2009-10, and 2010-11 and thereafter remedial students (if your first award was in 2010-11 and thereafter, and you do not meet the definition of a remedial student, see charts for non-remedial students)

Before Being Certified for This Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits 0 3 9 21 33 45 60 75 90 105
With At Least This Grade Point Average 0 1.1 1.2 1.3 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0

Program: Associate Program

Calendar: Semester 2006-07 through 2009-10, and 2010-11 and thereafter remedial students (if your first award was in 2010-11 and thereafter, and you do not meet the definition of a remedial student, see charts for non-remedial students) 

Before Being Certified for This Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits 0 3 9 18 30 45
With At Least This Grade Point Average 0 .5 .75 1.3 2.0 2.0

Program: Baccalaureate Program

Calendar: Trimester 2006-07 through 2009-10, and 2010-11 and thereafter remedial students (if your first award was in 2010-11 and thereafter, and you do not meet the definition of a remedial student, see charts for non-remedial students)

Before Being Certified for This Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits 0 2 4 9 17 25 33 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110
With At Least This Grade Point Average 0 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.3 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0

Program: Associate Program

Calendar: Trimester 2006-07 through 2009-10, and 2010-11 and thereafter remedial students (if your first award was in 2010-11 and thereafter, and you do not meet the definition of a remedial student, see charts for non-remedial students)

Before Being Certified for This Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits 0 2 4 9 15 21 30 37 45
With At Least This Grade Point Average 0 .5 .5 .75 .75 1.3 2.0 2.0 2.0

If you received your first award prior to the 2006-07 academic year, your college may adopt the above standards in Education Law or may continue to use standards of satisfactory academic progress submitted to and approved by the Commissioner of Education.

Prior to an award being applied to a student account the Office of Financial Aid will review a students academic progress. If a student is NOT academically eligible for a TAP award the office will notify that student and let them know what steps they can follow including any appeals of academic progress available to them.