New York Tuition Assistance Program

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (NYS TAP) is a need-based grant that helps eligible New York students pay tuition at an approved postsecondary institution.

TAP is available for students attending SUNY, CUNY and not-for-profit independent degree-granting colleges in New York State (NYS).

Depending on the academic year in which you apply, an annual TAP award ranges from $500 to $5,665 per year. To get an idea of your potential TAP award, use the TAP Award Estimator.

Eligibility Requirements #


  1. Must be a U.S. Citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  2. Must be a resident of New York State
  3. Have a high school diploma or GED
  4. Must be classified as an undergraduate student
  5. Be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credits per semester) at an approved postsecondary institution in New York State
  6. Be charged at least $200 tuition per academic year
  7. Must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA
  8. Must meet TAP income eligibility limit

How to Apply? #


The easiest way to apply for TAP is through the FAFSA. The deadline is June 30 of the academic year for which aid is sought.

New York State (NYS) residents attending NYS schools can link directly to the TAP application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page.

Students newly applying for NYS financial aid under the provisions of the DREAM Act must first apply for eligibility under the NYS DREAM Act before applying for TAP.