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Part time TAP Q & A

What is Part- Time TAP?
Part-Time TAP is a grant and does not have to be paid back. Part-Time TAP is not the same as Aid for Part-Time Study. It is for NY state residents attending part-time at approved schools in New York State who were first-time, full-time freshmen in 2006-07 or thereafter.


Who is eligible for Part- Time TAP?
To be eligible for Part-Time TAP, a student must:

  • Be a first-time freshman in the 2006-07 academic year or thereafter
  • Have earned 12 credits or more in each of the two consecutive semesters, for a minimum total of 24 credits earned
  • Maintain a minimum of a “C” average

In addition, the student must:

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible non- citizen
  • Be a legal resident of New York State
  • Have graduated from high school in the United States, or earned a GED, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department
  • Be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing
  • Be charged at least $200 tuition per year
  • Be taking 6 but fewer than 12 credits per semester or 4 but fewer than 8 credits per trimester
  • Not be in default on a student loan guaranteed by HESC or on any repayment of state awards
  • Meet income eligibility limitations

What are the income limits?
The income limits for Part-Time TAP are the same as those for undergraduate TAP:

  • Dependent undergraduate students or students who are married or have tax dependents - $80,000 NYS net taxable income.
  • Single independent undergraduate students with no dependents - $10,000 NYS net taxable income.

Semester Schools
Partial TAP payment will be made for students taking 6-11 credits as shown below:

Points Accrual for Part-time TAP Payments - Semester Schools

Credits

Percent of Full Award

Points Accrued

6

50.00%

3

7

58.34%

3.5

8

66.67%

4

9

75.00%

4.5

10

83.34%

5

11

91.67%

5.5


How do I apply?
To apply, complete and submit the FAFSA at www.FAFSA.gov (1-800-4-FEDAID) and TAP application at www.HESC.ny.gov (1-888-NYS-HESC) and follow the instructions provided.


Am I allowed additional TAP points if I attend school part time?
No, you are not allowed additional TAP points for part time study.


How many total TAP points am I allowed?
You are allowed:

  • a maximum of 48 points for four years of full time undergraduate study or eight years of part time undergraduate study
  • a maximum of 60 points if you are enrolled in an approved five year undergraduate program

Note: The maximum TAP points allowed inclusive of both undergraduate and graduate study cannot exceed 96 payment points.


When I was in high school I took Advanced Placement (AP) courses and received college credits. Can my school use these credits towards my eligibility for part time TAP?
No. Advanced Placement (AP) credits and/or college credits a student earned in high school are not accepted towards part time TAP.


I am a first time freshman, can I start school as a part time student this year?
No, you need to have earned 12 credits or more in each of two consecutive semesters prior to being eligible as a part time student. However, this prior study requirement only needs to be met once.


Can I receive both Part Time TAP and Aid for Part Time Study?
No, you cannot receive both Part Time TAP and Aid for Part Time Study as these are two different programs with different requirements and both programs use up TAP points. It is important to note that not all schools participate in the Aid for Part Time Study Program; however, Part Time TAP is available to all eligible students at SUNY, CUNY or not for profit institutions.


Parent Services

E-BILL

View student's account statement and make payments online.

HOFSTRACARD

Add cash to your student's Dutch Debits account online!

Students can access these services through the Student Services menu within the portal.