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UPDATE (9/15/2020):  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, New York State is providing additional guidance and updates regarding all NYS Grant & Scholarships programs.  Please check back daily for additional information. 

 

NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

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. 

 

Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)

The Aid for Part-time Study (APTS) program provides grant assistance for eligible part-time students enrolled in approved undergraduate studies. 

Due to funding limitations and the number of qualified applicants, coverage is limited to 6 credits. Students are selected on a first come first serve basis. Applications are placed in chronological order based on when the application and State of New York taxes are received.

Eligibility Requirements
An applicant must:

  • be a legal resident of New York State and have resided in NYS for at least 12 continuous months prior to the start of the term;
  • have graduated from a 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 enrolled as a part-time student;
  • be matriculated in an approved program of study in a participating New York State postsecondary institution;
  • be in good academic standing;
  • be charged at least $100 tuition per year;
  • meet income eligibility limitations;
  • not have exhausted Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility;
  • not be in default on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or repayment of any NYS award and,
  • be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a NYS award.

Study Requirements:
For this program, part-time study means being enrolled for at least:

  • 3 but fewer than 12 semester hours per semester.
  • 4 but fewer than 8 credit hours per trimester. 

Income Requirements:
Eligibility for an APTS award is based on New York State net taxable income, Federal, State or local pension income and private pension and annuity income, if applicable, from the preceding calendar year.

  • For students who were eligible to be claimed as tax dependents by their parents, family New York State NET taxable income may not exceed $50,550. Family income includes student AND parent income.
  • For students who were not eligible to be claimed by their parents as tax dependents, their New York State NET taxable income (including spouse’s income) may not exceed $34,250. The spouse’s income must be included if they were married on or before December 31 of the previous calendar year.
  • For students who were not eligible to be claimed by their parents but were eligible to claim tax dependents other than self and/or spouse, their New York State NET taxable income (including spouse’s income) may not exceed $50,550. The spouse’s income must be included if they were married on or before December 31 of the previous calendar year. 

For more information, visit: Aid For Part Time Study (APTS)

The 2021-2022 APTS Application is available now!
Aid For Part Time Study (APTS) Application

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, New York State is providing additional guidance and updates regarding all NYS Grant & Scholarships programs.  Please check back daily for additional information. 

Excelsior Scholarship

UPDATE (9/15/2020):  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, New York State is providing additional guidance and updates regarding all NYS Grant & Scholarships programs.  Please check back daily for additional information. 

 The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free.

Excelsior Scholarship FAQs