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New York State Grant Programs - Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

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The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York State residents attending in-state postsecondary institutions pay for tuition. Depending on the academic year in which the student began study, annual TAP awards can be as much as $5,165 at New York City College of Technology. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back!

How Do I Know If I Am Eligible?

To be eligible for TAP, a student must:

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be a legal resident of New York State.
  • Have a certificate of graduation (a high school diploma or recognized equivalent) from within the U.S. or from the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam or the Northern Mariana Islands. For the first time state aid recipient in the 2006-2007 academic year and thereafter with a high school diploma from outside the U.S., a required Ability to Benefit (ATB) test must be passed.
    NOTE: If you have a Foreign High School diploma, please contact the Testing Office, located in the General Building, Room 207 or call 718.260.5171 for assistance.
  • Be studying full time (at least 12 credits per semester creditable towards the degree) at an approved postsecondary institution in New York.
  • Be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing.
  • Have at least a cumulative "C" average after receipt of two annual payments.
  • Be charged at least $200 tuition per year.
  • Not be in default on a student loan guaranteed by HESC and not be in default on repayment of state awards.
  • Meet the income requirement.
  • Meet program pursuit and academic program requirements.

How Much Can I Receive from TAP?

Awards cannot exceed the maximum amounts shown on the TAP award schedules or the amount of tuition for the academic year. For more information visit the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation web site at

Sample awards (not specific to City Tech) subject to change:

A. Dependent Students or Independent Students Who Are Married or Have Dependents

First Year in Which Student Received an Award

Award Range

2000-2001 and thereafter

$500 - $5,000

1994-95 through 1999-2000

$500 - $4,125

All years prior to 1994-95

$500 - $3,575

B. Independent Students Who Are Single With No Tax Dependents

First Year in Which Student Received an Award

Award Range

All Years since 1994-95

$500 - $3,025

1992-1993; 1993-94

$500 - $3,025

All years prior to 1992-93

$500 - $2,450

Undergraduate students enrolled in four-year programs may receive up to 8 TAP awards for full-time study; students enrolled in a two-year programs may receive up to 6 TAP awards; and SEEK students can receive up to 10 TAP awards.


Dependent Undergraduate Students
Students who are married $80,000 New York State Net Taxable Income
Have tax dependents
Single Independent Undergraduate Students $10,000 New York State Net Taxable Income
With No Dependents


  • Academic year in which first payment of TAP or any state award is received.
  • Type of postsecondary institution and the tuition charged.
  • Combined family New York State Net Taxable Income.
  • Financial status (dependent or independent).
  • Other family members enrolled in college.
  • Number of TAP payments used (Effective 2000-01 TAP awards are reduced by $150, after 4 semester payments have been received. For 2001-02 and thereafter, the reduction will be $100).

TAP Application Deadline

The TAP application deadline is June 30th of the academic year for which aid is sought.


As of the fall 1998 semester, students who are disabled, as defined by the 1990 Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), do not have to be in full time attendance to be eligible for Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) payments. If your disability warrants part-time attendance, you may take as few as three credits per semester to be eligible for TAP.

Students, who are disabled, as defined by the ADA, must see a counselor in Student Support Services, to establish eligibility for TAP under this provision. Student Support Services is located in the Atrium Building, Room 237 and you can reach them at 718.260.5143.

Once TAP eligibility for part-time students with disabilities has been established, the approval form from Student Support Services must be submitted to the Bursar's Office, Namm Hall, Room G-06.

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