Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is a New York State-funded grant program that helps pay the tuition of eligible full-time students. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back. If you receive a TAP award, the money comes directly to the college for payment of your tuition.
Program Eligibility Requirements
Where could I go for more information about my TAP award?
The HESC Customer Communication Center can be reached by telephone toll-free at 1-888-NYS-HESC (1-888-697-4372) or 1-518-473-1574. The Customer Communication Center answers general inquiries. If you are calling about your TAP grant or student loan, please have your account number ready. You could also reach them on the web by going to
To obtain a quick estimate of your TAP award: TAP Award Estimator
To check on your TAP application: Click Here
To find out about other state-sponsored scholarship resources: Click Here
Aid for Part-time Study (APTS) is a New York State grant program for students pursuing a degree on a part-time basis. It is money paid to the school for tuition only. Because APTS is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.
To be considered for an APTS award, YOU MUST be:
The Effect of Program Changes and Withdrawals on TAP Awards If you withdraw from the College during the refund period or drop below 12 credits, you may utilize a portion of your TAP award against your tuition liability (tuition balance). If you withdraw after the refund period, the full semester's TAP award will be used. In either case, you will have used up one full semester's worth of TAP eligibility (at a two or four year-college).
If you make any program changes, make sure to maintain the required number of academic credits in your major in order to qualify for your TAP award
If you withdraw from all courses in a given semester and opt to use TAP to pay your tuition, you will lose TAP eligibility for the subsequent (next) term of attendance, except if you have applied for -- and received -- a one-time waiver. (See TAP Wavier)