New York State Programs
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC) administers the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). TAP is a grant and does not have to be repaid.
Application Procedures: Students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically at www.fafsa.gov. Students will be able to link to their online TAP application at the end of the FAFSA session once they have established a username and PIN (Personal Identification Number) for TAP. Students will need this to apply later, keep track of their application information, or make changes, as needed. This application Web site is www.tapweb.org
If a student does not complete a FAFSA online, he/she will be sent an e-mail with instructions for completing the online TAP application.
If a student provides an e-mail address on his/her FAFSA, NYSHESC will use that address to contact him/her about their TAP application, give processing updates, or award information. Please respond to any requests or instructions sent by NYSHESC. The status of a TAP Award is contingent upon the annual approval of the New York State budget.
The TAP application deadline is June 30 of the academic year for which aid is sought.
Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: TAP is an entitlement program. To qualify, the student must: (1) be a New York State resident and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien;* (2) be enrolled full time** and matriculated in an approved New York State post-secondary institution; (3) meet income requirements (see the TAP application for details); (4) be charged a tuition of at least $200 per year; and (5) be in compliance with the academic requirements.
*Students who graduated from a foreign high school and who do not have a prior college degree must take and pass all components of an approved ability-to-benefit test. Please refer to “Academic Qualifications” under “Policies Affecting Aid Eligibility” for further information. More information regarding Ability to Benefit is available online at www.hesc.ny.gov.
**Full-time status for New York State awards is determined by enrollment in 12 or more degree-applicable credits per term. A course in which a grade of "D" ("C" if that is the course's passing grade) or better was previously earned is not counted toward the 12 hour full-time study requirement.
Undergraduate students may generally receive eight total TAP awards throughout their course of post-secondary study. New York State, however, has limited students to six term awards while enrolled in an associate’s degree program.
Award Schedule: The TAP award is scaled according to the student’s level of study, tuition charge and New York State net taxable income for the previous tax year.
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Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)
APTS is a New York State grant program that provides funding for students attending college on a part-time basis (3-11 degree-applicable credits per term). At Hudson Valley, this grant is awarded only to students who have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average from prior attendance.
Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: Awards will be made to dependent and independent students who meet the income limits set by the New York Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC). See the APTS application available at www.hvcc.edu/finaid/forms.
Applications must be completed and submitted to the Financial Aid Office by the deadline indicated on the application.
Applicants must be undergraduate New York State resident enrolled for 3 to 11 credits (Note: Part-time status is determined by enrollment in no less than 3 degree applicable hours and no more than 11 credit hours. Courses in which a grade of "D" ("C" if that is the course's passing grade) or better was previously earned are not counted toward the part-time study requirement.)
After receiving one term of APTS, the student must maintain a 2.0 cumulative average. Additionally, the student is not eligible for APTS if he/she has used all terms of TAP eligibility.
Award Schedule: APTS awards at Hudson Valley Community College range from $100 to $1,000. Awards are determined by the Financial Aid Office based on availability of funds and the number of eligible applicants.
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To be eligible for Part-Time TAP, a student must have been a first-time freshman in the 2006-07 academic year or thereafter. A student must have earned 12 credits or more in each of any two consecutive preceding semesters, for a minimum total of 24 credits earned, be a New York State resident enrolled on a part-time basis (6-11 degree-applicable credits), and must have a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
Application Procedures: The application
process is the same as the Tuition Assistance
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To be eligible for an Accelerated Study TAP payment during a summer term, a student must have been a full-time student during the prior spring term. A student is eligible only upon earning 24 degree-applicable credits in the two terms prior to the accelerated study term. This criteria must be met each time an accelerated award is sought. Transfer credits are not applicable.
Application Procedures: The application process
is the same as for the Tuition Assistance Program
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Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA)
These New York programs are eligible for veterans matriculated at a degree-granting institution in New York State. Awards are available for full-time and part-time study.
Application Procedures: Students must first establish eligibility by completing the New York State Veterans Tuition Award Supplement. In addition, students must apply for payment each year by completing the Free Application for Federal State Aid (FAFSA) and the New York State TAP application.
Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards:Funding is available for New York State residents discharged under honorable conditions from the U.S. Armed Forces and who are:
- Vietnam Veterans who served in Indochina
between February 28, 1961 and May 7,1975.
- Persian Gulf Veterans who served in the
Persian Gulf on or after August 2, 1990.
- Afghanistan Veterans who served in
Afghanistan during hostilities on or after
September 11, 2001.
- Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who
served in hostilities that occurred after
February 28, 1961 as evidenced by receipt
of an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal,
Navy Expeditionary Medal or Marine
To qualify, student also must:
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Have graduated from a U.S. high school, earned a GED or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test.
- Not be in default on a student loan guaranteed by HESC or any repayment of state awards.
- Be in good academic standing
- Have at least a “C” cumulative average after receipt of two annual payments
Award Schedule: Funding for this program is based on the approval of the New York State budget. Awards will be set at $6,195 or tuition, whichever is less. If a TAP award is also received, the total combined award cannot exceed the student’s total tuition cost. Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) benefits are considered duplicative of any VTA awards the student may have received. Undergraduate students are eligible to receive awards for up to eight semesters (four years) of study.
More information can be found online at www.hesc.ny.gov.
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