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State Aid

State Aid

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) - TAP is the NYS grant program for New York State residents enrolled full-time (minimum 12 credit hours) in a matriculated degree program. TAP has been estimated in the award notices of students who appear to be eligible. Annual awards currently range between $500 and $5,165 and are determined by the state after a student files the electronic Express TAP Application (ETA). Once approved students are notified of their award directly from the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC). Funds are sent directly to the school for each semester of eligibility and applied to the student bill.

SUNY Tuition Credit - Students who have applied and are eligible for a full-time TAP award, may also be eligible for the SUNY Tuition Credit. Tuition credits are calculated by the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation for eligible students enrolled at a SUNY college or university. If eligible, this credit will appear on your bill as anticipated aid. The combination of TAP, SUNY Tuition Credit, and any other tuition-specific award cannot exceed the tuition charged.

Excelsior Scholarship - To be eligible beginning fall 2018, families must have a federal adjusted gross income of $110,000 or less. In 2019, this will increase to $125,000 or less. The Excelsior Scholarship covers tuition for eligible SUNY and CUNY students. For specific details on this scholarship and the application process, visit

Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) - APTS is a grant for NYS residents who are continually enrolled on a part-time basis. Applications are available in the Student Records and Financial Services Office or on line under Student Records and Financial Services Office Forms. Funds are subject to availability. Funds are sent directly to the school for each semester of eligibility and applied to the student bill.

Part-Time TAP - Eligibility is limited to undergraduate students attending a SUNY, CUNY or not-for-profit independent degree granting college who were first-time freshmen in the 2006-2007 academic year or after. Students must complete 12 credit hours or more in each of two consecutive semesters. In addition, students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours but less than 12 per semester. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is also required. To apply students must complete both the FAFSA and Express TAP Application.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) - EOP is an extended program with course work paced to enhance student success. Students must be NYS residents and meet established academic and economic guidelines. Priority is given to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. EOP students receive a grant (amount determined based on state funding) for each semester of eligibility. Funds are applied directly to the student bill.