NEW YORK STATE TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TAP) See the TAP Chart for details: Provides tuition assistance for full-time matriculated students who are U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents, New York State residents for a minimum of 12 months, who meet economic and academic guidelines. Family net taxable income is used as the economic guideline. Twelve of the credits/equated credits must be for coursework that meets the requirements of their specific degree program. A student enrolled in a two-year program cannot receive more than three years of TAP while completing the program. Apply for TAP via the internet by clicking the New York State link at the end of your FAFSA online application. Queensborough’s state school code is 1407. You can check the status of your TAP award at www.hesc.com. Effective for the Fall 2014 semester, the maximum TAP award is $2,250 per semester.
NEW YORK STATE AID FOR PART-TIME STUDY (APTS): Provides tuition assistance for part-time students who have remaining TAP eligibility. Students are automatically considered for an award upon completion of the FAFSA and TAP applications, provided they complete the "CUNY" Supplement" available via the CUNY Portal.
APTS is not an entitlement program. There are limited resources. The institution (CUNY) selects and determines the individual award amounts. To be eligible, students must: (1)be enrolled as a part-time student in an approved undergraduate degree program in New York State (part-time is defined as at least (6) but no more than (11) equated credits); (2) meet the income limits - if a student is not eligible to be claimed as a tax dependent, the family's net taxable income cannot exceed $34,250; if a student is claimed as a tax dependent, the family's net taxable income cannot exceed $50,500; (3) be a New York State resident; (4) be either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; (5) have a tuition charge of at least $100 per year; and (6) have remaining TAP eligibility. The 6-11 credits/equated credits must be for course work that meets the requirements of the student's specific program.
The money available for all particiapting institutions is set each year in the State budget. The amount received by a particular college is determined by the school's percentage of the total part-time enrollment at all participating institutions. The number and the amount of awards are determined by the participating institution based on its allocation of funds.
If You Are Receiving TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) This Semester
Be Aware of Your Responsibility to Meet the TAP Guidelines as Established by the State of New York
Eligibility for Continuing to Receive TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) Requires
(1) Pursuit of Program: This stays the same for Continuing TAP and for New TAP recipients.
Students must complete the minimum number of credits for chargeable hours each semester as per these specifications:
|Required Completion of Credits or
Equivalents for Prior Semester
(2) Academic Progress: Please note the changes that have been made by New York State.
Before debing certified for TAP a student must accumulate the minimum total number of credits and achieve a specified cumulative grade point average (GPA) which is determined by the number of payments received, according to the charts below.
(3) Withdrawl from all courses: Students will lose TAP eligibility for the following semester if they drop and/or withdraw (officially or unofficially) from their courses during their prior semester.
NOTE: If you do not meet the aforementioned New York State requirements, you will be responsible for repaying the TAP award granted to you the following semester. Inability to complete the Satisfactory Academic Standing based on Pursuit of Program and/or Academic Progress may prevent the continuation of your education, including registration, until the outstanding TAP award is fully repaid.
IMPORTANT STATE NOTES
A. Loss of TAP eligibility: Students who fail to meet the standards of academic program pursuit, academic progress, and/or attendance, will lose their TAP eligibility. In addition, any student who registers for courses without having met these standards will be liable and billed for the full amount of his or her TAP award. Also, any student who registers for courses not required by their curriculum will lose TAP.
B. Students on probation or continued probation who make satisfactory academic progress during this probationary period and continue to maintain their academic standing will maintain their eligiblity for financial aid.
C. A repeated credit course cannot be included as part of a student's minimum full-time or part-time course load for New York State fianncial aid purposes except in the following cases: (1) when the repeated course was previously failed; (2) when the course was previosuly passed but with a grade too low to be accepted in the stident's curriculum; or (3) when a repeated course earns credit each time.
D. A repeated non-credit (remedial) course cannot be included as part of a student's minimum full-time or part-time course load for New York State financial aid purposes if the student received a passing grade for that course (i.e. "NC" grade or "INC" grade).
E. Transfer students or students making a change of curriculum should review their status with an academic advisor and a financial aid counselor in order to insure their TAP eligibility status.
F. Waiver Policy: Students who can demonstrate that exceptional circumstances beyond their control caused them to have a substandard record may be eligible for a one-time undergraduate waiver of TAP regulations. Waivers will be granted in these exceptional casesonly when (1) there is areasonable probabiltiy that the student will regain good academic standing; (2) the student is able to present full documentation; and (3) the waiver is approved by the TAP Waiver Officer. Students who wish to apply for a TAP Waiver must make an appointment with the TAP Waiver Officer.