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NYS TAP Grant and Scholarships

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)

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

Students must:

  • Be NY State residents who can demonstrate the ability to complete college coursework
  • Be enrolled for 6 to 11 ½ credits in an eligible degree-bearing program
  • After completing at least 3 credits at SUNY Orange, maintain a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 in order to be eligible to receive APTS the following semester
  • Each semester, satisfactory academic progress will be measured. Students must obtain at least a 2.0 GPA for each semester the student is receiving APTS, in order to receive APTS the following semester.
  • If transferring in to SUNY Orange, submit to the Financial Aid Office an Academic Transcript of coursework completed at the prior institution
  • If they are dependent students: have a family whose net NY State taxable income is $50,550 or less
  • If they are independent students: have a family whose net NY State taxable income is $34,250 or less

Excelsior Scholarship

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

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