Part-Time TAP Program

Part-Time TAP is a program from New York State that allows for partial TAP payments for students taking 6 to 11 credits. This program is available to CUNY, SUNY and Not-for-Profit independent degree granting college students who meet the specified requirements. To apply you must complete a FAFSA and a TAP application. 

An applicant must: 
  • be a legal resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months; 
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen; 
  • have graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma by passing a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) formally known as a GED, or passed a federally approved 'Ability to Benefit" test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department; 
  • study at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State; 
  • be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing with at least a 'C" average after the 4th semester payment 
  • be enrolled as a part-time student taking six to eleven credits applicable toward the degree program, per semester, (at least four, but fewer than eight credits per trimester/quarter)* 
  • be charged at least $200 tuition per year; 
  • meet income eligibility limitations; 
  • not be in default on any state or federal student loans and not be in default on any repayment of State awards; 
  • be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by a NYS award 
  • must have been a first-time freshman in the 2006-07 academic year or thereafter. 
* Credit-bearing courses in the student's minimum part-time course load (6-11 semester hours or the equivalent) must consist of courses applicable to the student's program of study as a general education requirement, major requirement, or elective. 

Apply for the 2023-2024 award year by 6/30/2024 via NYS Student Aid Payment Application