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NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York State residents attending in-state post-secondary institutions pay for tuition. TAP grants are based on applicant’s and his or her family’s NYS taxable income.

The TAP grant is administered by the Higher Educa- tion Services Corporation (HESC). The applicant can apply by using the Express TAP application link on the FAFSA, or directly at www.hesc.ny.gov or www.tapweb.org.

TAP awards are limited to eight (8) semesters of study. Six (6) of these semesters can be used at a two year college. Once the state has determined that the applicant is not in default on any loan guaranteed by HESC or any repayment of state Awards and is in- come eligible, a roster of eligible applicants will be sent to SUNY Broome for certification.

Students must be:

  1. a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen
  2. a resident of New York State
  3. a graduate from a high school in the United States, or earned a GED, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test as determined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department.
  4. matriculated in a state approved program of study
  5. enrolled as a full-time student taking 12 or more credits
  6. meeting good academic standing requirements.

Full-Time Requirement

The TAP certification process will start after attend- ance has been submitted for full-term courses. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credits. If enrolled in late starting classes, certification will be pending until attendance is submitted for the later part-of-term course. The minimum credits that must apply towards the student’s degree program is based on the following chart:

Semester

Payment Level

Min credits to
apply to degree

1

6

6 credits **

2

12

6 credits

3

18

9 credits

4

24

9 credits

5

30

12 credits

6

36

12 credits

**Remedial students must complete 3 credits that apply to their degree.

Definition of Remedial Student

A Remedial Student is defined as a student:

  1. whose scores on a recognized college placement exam indicates the need for remediation for at least two semesters; or
  2. who was enrolled in at least 6 credits of remedial courses in the first semester they received a TAP award; or
  3. who is or was enrolled in an Opportunity Program (EOP).

Repeated courses

Courses in which the student has already received a passing grade cannot be included in meeting full-time study requirements (12 credits) unless the previous passing grade is not acceptable in their program.

Satisfactory Academic Standing

Students must also meet standards of Pursuit of Program (POP) and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) . Based on the number of TAP payments received the student must:

  1. earn a designated number of credits in the prior semester (POP);
  2. earn a specific cumulative overall credits (SAP); and
  3. achieve a cumulative minimum grade point average (SAP).

NYS TAP standards for students first receiving TAP payments in 2010 and thereafter (non-remedial students)

Payment

Level

Earned Prior Semester

Cum Earned Credits

Cum. GPA

1

6

0

0

0

2

12

6

6

1.3

3

18

6

15

1.5

4

24

9

27

1.8

5

30

9

39

2.0

6

36

12

51

2.0

NYS TAP standards for students first receiving TAP payments 2006—2009 and for Remedial  Students.

Payment

Level

Earned Prior
Semester

Cum Earned Credits

Cum.
GPA

1

6

0

0

0

2

12

6 **

3

.5

3

18

6

9

.75

4

24

9

18

1.3

5

30

9

30

2.0

6

36

12

51

2.0

**3 credits for remedial student

Satisfactory Academic Standing Waivers

TAP recipients who fall below the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards can apply for a one time waiver. Such a waiver can only be granted once during the student’s undergraduate career. Appeals are an option for unforeseen, extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control. Students must go to the Financial Aid office to complete a NYS TAP Waiver Form, include any supporting documentation, and make an appointment with the Director of Financial Aid. A waiver is neither automatic nor an entitlement, and all decisions are final.

Reinstatement of Good Academic Standing

Students who have lost good academic standing may restore this standing in one of the following ways:

  1. Make up past academic deficiencies by completing one or more terms without receiving TAP payments; or
  2. Be readmitted to school after an absence of at least one calendar year; or
  3. Transfer to another institution; or
  4. Be granted a one-time waiver.

Students with Disabilities

Effective with the 1998-99 academic year, students who are disabled, as defined by the 1990 federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), do not have to attend school full time to be eligi- ble for TAP awards. These students are eligible for a partial TAP award if they are attending part time (at least three credits). Students must meet all other TAP eligibility requirements. Docu- mentation must be on file in the Disability Sup- port Services Department on campus.

Part-Time TAP & Aid for Part Time Study

Part-Time TAP is available if a student has been a first-time freshman in the 2006-07 academic year or thereafter. A student must have earned 12 credits or more in each of any two proceeding consecutive proceeding semesters, for a minimum total of 24 credits earned, and be currently enrolled in 6-11 credits, and have a current 2.0 GPA. Students must submit an application for Part-Time TAP following the same process as for full-time TAP. Part Time TAP is not the same as Aid for Part Time Study (APTS). Students should check with Financial Aid Office to see which is the best option for them.

Accelerated Study - For Summer Semester

To be eligible for an Accelerated Study TAP payment during a summer term, a student must currently be enrolled in 6-11 credits and have been a full-time student during the prior spring term. A student is eligible only upon earning 24 degree-applicable credits in the two terms prior to the accelerated study term with a minimum of 3 credits in remedial coursework per semester. Transfer credits are not applicable.

Questions

Certification Process

If you have questions regarding eligibility for TAP contact the Registrar’s Office in SS105, (607) 778-5253

Remittance Process

TAP awards are usually applied to the students account around the tenth week of the semester. Remittance of TAP awards will take approximately 2-3 weeks after certification by the Registrar’s Office. If you have questions regarding the Remittance Process contact the Financial Aid Office in SS111, (607) 778-5028

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