Limitation of Award Amount

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Limitation of Award Amount

Certain forms of federal, State, and institutional assistance are considered to duplicate the purposes of TAP awards, Aid for Part-Time Study awards, and Veterans Tuition Awards and therefore limit the amount of these awards.

According to section 145-2.13 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the following awards are duplicative:

  • An educational grant or scholarship by the Armed Forces of the United States or by a federal agency that provides tuition assistance;
  • A tuition grant awarded by a New York State department or agency;
  • Tuition remission or a tuition grant or waiver awarded by the institution on the basis of the student’s status as a faculty or staff member or dependent; service as a graduate assistant or other services related to the student’s program; or the student’s enrollment in a particular program of study.
  • Any other educational grants or scholarships if the combination of such awards with other benefits would exceed the student’s full cost of tuition and maintenance*.

The following forms of assistance are not duplicative: 


  • Pell grants
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
  • Montgomery G.I. Bill (benefits of the Veterans Readjustment Act of 1966)
  • United States War Orphan’s Educational Benefits
  • Special assistance for disadvantaged students



  • Tuition grants from VESID at the State Education Department
  • Tuition grants from the Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped of the Department of Social Services



  • Academic, athletic or other prizes if the combination of such awards with TAP awards does not exceed the student’s cost of tuition and maintenance;
  • Nonservice grants by the institution, or tuition credit in lieu of grants to supplement the State award based on the student’s total financial need;
  • Salary, or tuition credit in lieu of salary, representing payment solely for services performed and not as a tuition grant or waiver.

*”Maintenance” is defined in section 145-2.13 as “charges for room, board, transportation, textbooks and instructional material, and personal or other expenses normally calculated by the institution for determining student expenses” for financial aid purposes.

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Duplicative Benefits

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