Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP is a grant for New York State residents. It does not have to be paid back. Awards are based on New York State net taxable income and tuition charges. Final determination of awards is made as a result of the completion of TAP Application each year and funding levels are dependent on the passing of the New York State Budget.

Awards currently range from $500 to $5,165. These grants are available for a maximum of eight full-time semesters for undergraduates. Students must be attending full-time in a degree program. After receiving 4 semesters of TAP, students must also maintain a "2.0" average to continue their eligibility for the grant.

How do I get a TAP Application? 

The TAP application is available on line at following the submission FAFSA data. Upon receipt of the the TAP application and the passage of the New York State budget for the subsequent year, NYSHESC will determine the student's TAP Award. You can also view the status of your TAP award at

Fredonia's TAP school code is 0915

Income Adjustments as it relates to NYS TAP
The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC) processes all TAP awards and any exclusion of income based on special circumstances.  The bullets below highlight the circumstances that are considered:

  • Income adjustments allowed for death;
  • Permanent and total disability;
  • And / or divorce or separation
  • Proration will be on the 2015 tax information

For any adjustments to income, the reported date for any reason mentioned above must have occurred between January 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018.

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