TAP Eligibility & Income Limits

Effective for the 2007-08 academic year and thereafter, TAP is available for students attending SUNY, CUNY and not-for-profit independent degree-granting colleges on a part-time basis. To be eligible for Part-time TAP you must have been a first-time freshman in the 2006-07 academic year or thereafter, have earned 12 credits or more in each of two consecutive semesters, and maintain a ā€œCā€ average. 

To be eligible for TAP, students must:

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen and a resident of New York State.
  • Have graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma by passing a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) formally known as a GED, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department.
  • Study full-time undergraduate (at least 12 credits per semester) at an approved postsecondary institution in New York, be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing with at least a cumulative "C" average as of the 4th semester payment.
  • Be charged at least $200 tuition per year.
  • Not be in default on any state or federal student loans and not be in default on any repayment of State awards.
  • Meet income requirement: 

 TAP Income Limits

Student TypeNYS Taxable Income Limit
Dependent undergraduate students or Independent students who are married and have tax dependents, or Independent students who are unmarried and have tax dependents$80,000
Independent undergraduate students who are married and have no other tax dependents$40,000
Single independent undergraduate students with no tax dependents$10,000