Part-time TAP

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Part-time TAP

New legislation enacted in 2006 created a Part-time TAP program, effective for the 2007-08 academic year. Part-time undergraduate students at approved institutions in New York State who were first-time freshman in academic year 2006-07 or thereafter, may be eligible for Part-time TAP to help pay for college beginning in the summer of 2007. Students who have attended college and/or received TAP prior to academic year 2006-07 are ineligible. 

Part-time TAP is an entitlement program that uses up TAP eligibility (a maximum of 48 points for four years of full-time or eight years of part-time undergraduate study or 60 points for students enrolled in approved five-year programs).

Approved institutions include the campuses of the State University and the City University of New York and not-for-profit independent degree-granting colleges and universities. Students attending proprietary degree-granting institutions are not eligible.

In addition to the general eligibility criteria that apply to all State award programs, certain requirements are specific to the Part-time TAP program. To be eligible, students must:

  • Be matriculated and enrolled in an approved undergraduate program at SUNY, CUNY, or an independent (not-for-profit) NYS institution
  • Be enrolled for at least 6 but fewer than 12 semester hour credits or the equivalent
  • Have earned 12 credits in each of two consecutive prior semesters (credits from New York State not-for-profit institutions only); a full-time summer term can be used to meet the prior study requirement
  • Maintain a C average and meet good academic standing requirements
  • Meet income eligibility limitations (income limits are the same as for TAP)

A student must meet the 24-semester credit prior study requirement only once to be eligible for Part-time TAP.

A Part-time TAP award is calculated using the student's actual part-time tuition charge and the number of credits taken.

Note: The “C average” for Part-time TAP is an eligibility requirement that cannot be waived using the C average waiver.