Processing Changes for the 2017-18 Academic Year

Processing Changes for the 2017-18 Academic Year

With the changes in filing of the FAFSA to October 1 and the use of tax information from two years prior, NYS students will now also be able to apply for both TAP, using 2015 tax year data, and the STEM Incentive Scholarship Program beginning October 1. The following processing changes will also be implemented:

  • Estimated awards will be available to students on HescPub and to schools on View Student Record beginning October 4, 2016. As in the past, a message will be displayed to indicate the awards shown are estimated until the State budget is passed.

  • Emails will be sent to students beginning October 7, 2016 inviting them to log into their HESC accounts to see the status of their applications.

  • TAP estimators will be available in early October. Students will now have the option to see the TAP estimates for a specific type of school or multiple types of schools.

  • Student Status Listings will be sent to the schools in February, 2017, and will include the estimated TAP awards. The awards on the Student Status Listing will not be masked and will no longer include "Prelim" in the header on the file. Customized reports will be available in April 2017.

  • Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, students will no longer be able to report if they are enrolled in the EOP, HEOP, SEEK or College Discovery programs or in an approved five-year program. If a student is entitled to a fifth year of TAP awards, the information must be submitted by the school using Student Record Maintenance (SRM). The school must also confirm the enrollment for the fifth year of TAP payments through the certification process when the student is in the final two terms of studies.

  • The Veterans Tuition Award (VTA) will no longer include the college fee when determining the amount of the award. The VTA award will be limited to SUNY tuition only as set forth in section 669-a of the Education Law.