Full-time students who are New York State residents may be eligible for a TAP grant ranging from $500 to full tuition per year. New York State residents who are registered for 6–11 credits in a degree program may be eligible for Aid for Part-Time Students (APTS) or Part-Time TAP. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu/financialaid or hesc.com.
Only courses required for the student’s current degree program will count toward TAP enrollment. Regulations require that full-time students receiving state awards complete a minimum number of credits each term in a registered or otherwise approved program with a minimum GPA, and accumulate enough credits to graduate with an associate degree within a maximum of six semesters of aid, and a bachelor’s degree in eight semesters of aid.
Also, students must be registered and enrolled for at least 12 credits in their degree program at the time of TAP certification. Three factors are involved: • academic progress in the previous semester; • program pursuit in the previous semester; • a minimum of 12 credits in the degree program. Regulations allow for one waiver during a student’s undergraduate career.
According to the waiver guidelines, students may ask for and receive the waiver if good reason is presented for their inability to meet minimum standards. The waiver will become part of students’ records and they are expected to make satisfactory progress thereafter. The waiver is not automatically given and students must apply and be approved.
More detailed information and waiver forms are available in the Registrar’s Office, Room C158 or at fitnyc.edu/registrar. TAP eligibility requirements are subject to change based on New York State legislation.