Part-time TAP

Part-time TAP helps eligible New York residents attending in-state postsecondary institutions on a part-time basis pay for tuition. Part-time TAP is a grant and does not have to be paid back. Part-time TAP is not the same as Aid for Part-time Study.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible for Part-time TAP, a student must:

  • Be a first-time freshman in the 2006-07 academic year or thereafter
  • Have earned 12 credits or more in each of the two consecutive semesters, for a minimum total of 24 credits earned
  • Maintain a minimum of a “C” average

In addition, the student must:

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Be a legal resident of New York State
  • Have graduated from high school in the United States, or earned a high school equivalency diploma by passing the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), formally known as GED, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department
  • Be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing
  • Be charged at least $200 tuition per year
  • Be taking at least 6 but fewer than 12 credits per semester or at least 4 but fewer than 8 credits per trimester
  • Not be in default on a State or federal student loan or on any repayment of state awards.
  • Meet income eligibility limitations

Eligible Institutions

To be eligible, students must attend one of the following:

  • The State University of New York (SUNY)
  • The City University of New York (CUNY)
  • Not-for-profit independent degree granting colleges

Income Limits

The income limits for Part-time TAP are the same as those for undergraduate TAP:

  • Dependent undergraduate students or students who are married and have tax dependents or independent students who have tax dependents - $80,000 NYS taxable income plus local, State, Federal pension and previously excluded private pension annuities and exclusions.
  • Married Independent undergraduate students with no other tax dependents - $40,000 NYS taxable income plus local, State, Federal pension and previously excluded private pension annuities and exclusions.
  • Single independent undergraduate students with no dependents - $10,000 NYS taxable income plus local, State, Federal pension and previously excluded private pension annuities and exclusions.

How to Apply

To apply, complete and submit the FAFSA and TAP applications and follow the instructions provided.

TAP Credits

Semester Schools

Partial TAP payment will be made for students taking 6-11 credits as shown below:
Points Accrual for Part-time TAP Payments - Semester Schools
CreditsPercent of Full AwardPoints Accrued
6
50.00%
3
7
58.34%
3.5
8
66.67%
4
9
75.00%
4.5
10
83.34%
5
11
91.67%
5.5

Trimester Schools

Partial TAP payment will be made for students taking 4-7 credits as shown below:
Points Accrual for Part-time TAP Payments - Trimester Schools
CreditsPercent of Full AwardPoints Accrued
4
50.00%
2
5
62.50%
2.5
6
75.00%
3
7
87.50%
3.5