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New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provides grants to students to full-time students taking twelve or more credits applicable toward their degree program per semester.

Families with a New York State net taxable income (gross income minus deductions and allowances for exemptions) of $80,000 or less may qualify for a TAP grant. The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC) administers this program. To apply, New York State residents attending NYS schools can link directly to the TAP application from the FAFSA submission page. Students may also access the application directly at to apply or check their application status online. It is strongly suggested that you access your Financial Aid Certification Tracking System ( FACTS) account through the CUNY Portal to ensure that you are eligible academically.

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP is a New York State grant program which helps eligible full-time students meet tuition costs. TAP is money paid on your behalf directly to the school for tuition only. TAP awards range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $2,832.50 per semester.

Once you complete your FAFSA online, you will be taken to a Confirmation Page. Click on the link to apply for New York State-based financial aid and you will be directed to the Higher Education Services Corporation ( HESC) website in order to fill out your TAP application. If you miss the link you will receive an email from HESC after your FAFSA is processed with information on how to complete your TAP application.