The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible 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 $5,165. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.
An applicant must:
be a legal resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months;
be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen;
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 postsecondary 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.
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