APTS Questions and Answers
- What is APTS?
- Can graduate students get APTS?
- How do students apply?
- What is the deadline for submitting the APTS application?
- How much is awarded?
- How does a student qualify?
- What are the income limits?
- If I meet the eligibility requirements am I guaranteed to get it?
- How many total TAP/APTS/Part- Time TAP points am I allowed?
- When will I know if I will receive APTS?
What is APTS?
The Aid for Part time Study program is a grant program funded by NYS for part time students who are NYS residents attending NYS institutions. There is a limited pool of funds and are awarded on a first come first served basis to eligible part time students. For this program, part-time study means being enrolled for at least 3 but fewer than 12 semester hours per semester.
Can graduate students get APTS?
No, only undergraduate students may receive APTS.
How do students apply?
Complete an application available in the Office of Financial Aid. Applications are available annually in August. In addition to submitting a completed copy of the APTS application, students must submit an online TAP application through the HESC website and provide Hofstra University’s Student Financial Services Office with signed copies of the student’s (and parents’ if applicable) prior year NYS tax return and W2s.
What is the deadline for submitting the APTS application?
Applications must be received by Hofstra's Office of Financial Aid by October 6 to be considered for Fall eligibility or February 28 to be considered for Spring eligibility (students who submitted a Fall APTS application need not re-apply for Spring consideration). All required documentation must be submitted, or else the student’s application is considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
How much is awarded?
Up to $1,000 per semester is awarded.
How does a student qualify?
- you must submit a TAP application through the NYS HESC website
- you must submit signed copies of your (and your parents if applicable) prior year’s NYS Tax Return and W2s to *Hofstra’s Student Financial Services Office
- you must be matriculated in an undergraduate degree program
- registered part-time with at least 3credits but fewer than 12 credits per semester
- you must be a resident of NYS attending a NYS college
- you must maintain good academic standing including having achieved at least a cumulative "C" average after having received the equivalent of two full years of payment of state-sponsored student financial aid
- you must be either a US citizen, permanent resident alien, or refugee
- you must meet the income limits
- you must not have used up TAP eligibility
- you must have a tuition charge of at least $100 per year
- you must not be in default of a FFEL loan
- you must have a copy of your final US HS transcript/diploma or GED on file as of the first day of the semester in which you are applying for APTS
*Unless all documentation has been submitted, a student’s application is considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for APTS eligibility
What are the income limits?
The income limit is based on the net taxable income as taken from the NYS income tax return.
- If you were claimed as a tax dependent by your parents, combined income of the student and parent cannot exceed $50,550
- *If you were not eligible to be claimed as a tax dependent by your parents, income of the student and spouse, if married as of December 31st cannot exceed $34,250
- If you were not eligible to be claimed as a tax dependent by your parents but you were eligible to claim dependents of your own other than yourself and your spouse, income cannot exceed $50,550
*NYS regulations regarding dependent/independent status are different than federal regulations. Please refer to the HESC website for dependency.
If I meet the eligibility requirements am I guaranteed to get it?
Not all potentially eligible candidates are awarded APTS funds. APTS funds are awarded on a first- come first- served basis until the allocation is depleted for the academic year.
How many total TAP/APTS/Part- Time 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
When will I know if I will receive APTS?
The processing of APTS applications and eligibility begins towards the end of the semester (early November in the Fall and mid-April in the Spring). Student’s eligibility is determined and awards are posted to students’ account towards the end of the academic semester. Students will be contacted regarding their eligibility once applications have been processed.
Since NYS awards are never guaranteed and the timing during the semester that APTS applications are reviewed, students should not assume that they will receive APTS and should plan accordingly to ensure their bill is paid. Students will be responsible for any late fees incurred.