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Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is a grant for New York State residents. It does not have to be paid back. Awards are based on New York State net taxable income and tuition charges. Final determination of award is made as a result of the completion of the Express Tap Application (ETA) each year and funding levels are dependent on the New York State Budget.

For information about features in DIG that can help you, review the Don't Lose TAP tutorial.  Also, be sure you maintain your required academic obligations by reviewing the TAP Satisfactory Academic Progress Charts.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a TAP award, a student must:

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Be a legal resident of New York State.
  • Study at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State.
  • Be an undergraduate student.
  • Have graduated from high school in the United States, earned 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 full-time student taking 12 or more credits per semester.
  • Be matriculated in an approved program of study and be making Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Be charged at least $200 tuition per year.
  • Not be in default on a student loan or on any repayment of State awards.
  • Meet income eligibility limitations.


What Determines The Amount Of The Award?

  • Academic year in which first payment of TAP or any state award is received.
  • Type of postsecondary institution and the tuition charge.
  • Combined family NYS net taxable income and Federal, State or local pension income, if applicable.
  • Financial status (dependent or independent).
  • Other family members enrolled in college.


Application Procedure

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • After completing your FAFSA, complete your online TAP application by linking to it directly from your FAFSA confirmation Page.
  • If you miss the TAP link after finishing the FAFSA, you must wait five (5) business days until your FAFSA data is received by HESC. After the information is received, you can complete a TAP-on-the-Web application.
  • You must supply the school code for the institution you are attending. The first institution you list on the FAFSA will be automatically placed on your TAP application. If your first school choice has changed, you must complete a TAP Change Form available online at

Hunter College TAP code:

  • Undergraduate: 1413

Information subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations 
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