Non-degree Part-time TAP Program

Part-time TAP is available to part-time students, taking 1-11 credits who are enrolled at eligible non-degree workforce credential programs at participating SUNY and CUNY schools.

Awards begin for the Spring 2024 term.


Eligible programs:

SUNY - SUNY Part-time TAP eligible non-degree programs

CUNY - LaGuardia CC - Certified Medical Administrative Assistant
           Kingsborough CC - TAP for Workforce Programs

An applicant must:

  • Be a legal resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to enrolling in the program or be qualified as a non-NYS resident under the NYS DREAMAct
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen or be qualified under the Senator Jose Peralta the NYS DREAM Act;
  • Study at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State;
  • Be enrolled as a part-time student taking the equivalent of one to eleven credits, applicable per semester at a participating college located in New York State;
  • Be accepted for admission in an approved non-degree workforce development eligible program.
  • Be charged at least $200 tuition per year;
  • Not have exhausted Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility
  • Meet income eligibility requirements;
  • Be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a NYS award; and
  • Not be in default on a federal or State student loan or on any repayment of state awards.

Click here if you do not meet the above eligibility requirements.

 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, or students who qualified as an orphan, foster child or ward of the court at any time since the age of 13 $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

Award Calculation

To be considered for a Non-degree Part-time TAP award, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the NYS Student Aid Payment Application (TAP application).

Upon receiving your Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award estimate, please note that this figure represents the amount you would be eligible to receive if you were enrolled as a full-time student. As a part-time student, your educational institution will adjust this award amount proportionally, taking into account both the full-time award figure and the number of credits you are registered for. Your TAP benefits will be prorated, based on your credit load.

Spring 2024 Application Process

The 2023-24 TAP application is open now through June 30, 2024. To apply for TAP for the 2023-24 academic year start with the FAFSA.

New York State (NYS) residents attending NYS schools can link directly to the TAP application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page.

Didn't Apply for TAP for the 2023-24 academic year through the FAFSA?

If you exited the FAFSA before completing the TAP application – and you filled in your New York State address and a New York State college on the FAFSA – HESC will automatically receive your information in about three days.  HESC will then send you an email or postcard with directions to complete the TAP application online.

Received this notice from HESC? Apply now.

The Application Process Begins with Creation of Your HESCPIN

At the beginning of the online TAP application, you will be prompted to create a HESC-specific user name and personal identification number called a HESCPIN. You will use your HESCPIN when "signing" your TAP application and when accessing your HESC account information in the future.

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