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NYS: Launch of $150 million expansion of tuition assistance program to part-time students


Fri, Aug 19th 2022 06:40 pm

For the first time, part-time students taking six or more credits per semester can receive tuition assistance program aid starting this fall

√ Approximately 75,000 additional students eligible for aid with TAP expansion

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the launch of the “historic” $150 million expansion of New York state's popular Tuition Assistance Program, which will now provide TAP to approximately 75,000 additional students who are pursuing their degree part-time.

Her team said, “Expanding part-time TAP to fully part-time learners creates pathways to an affordable education for individuals of all ages who are often balancing other responsibilities such as a family and work. Full-time TAP awards can be up to $5,665 annually for a full-time student; part-time TAP will be available on a pro-rated basis to eligible students taking six to 11 credits per semester with no full-time prerequisite.”

Hochul said, "As governor, I want to do more than just care for this state today – I want to prepare New York for tomorrow. Higher education students not only hold the key for our state, but for their families. A degree changes more than just the life of its holder, it changes the lives of those all around them. Every person who calls New York home should have the opportunity to better themselves and invest in their education. My administration is committed to supporting our students in every way possible, and I thank my partners in service for making this a reality."

A press release noted students enrolling in the fall 2022 semester may apply for part-time TAP by filling out the federal FAFSA application. Once submitted, New York residents attending NYS campuses can link directly to the TAP application. For students who have already enrolled and submitted their FAFSA for the 2022-23 academic year, TAP awards will automatically be adjusted based on the number of enrolled credits.

Eligibility for part-time TAP is consistent with full-time TAP awards, which includes residency and income requirements. TAP awards do not need to be repaid by any recipient.

New York state TAP is one of the nation's largest need-based college financial aid grant programs. Overall, more than 6 million New Yorkers were awarded nearly $30 billion in tuition assistance awards through TAP. During the 2020-21 academic year, 250,000 New Yorkers were awarded more than $700 million in tuition assistance awards.

As a result of state and federal financial support, more than 190,000 New York residents attend CUNY or SUNY tuition-free.

Hochul’s team said, “About 2 million New Yorkers between the ages of 25 to 44 have no degree, and 2.5 million between the ages of 45 to 64 are without one. Expanding part-time TAP is part of a broader push to invest in public higher education and improve access and affordability for every student, including $106 million to hire new faculty at SUNY and CUNY, $100 million to increase enrollment, reestablishing TAP for incarcerated individuals, banning the practice of transcript withholding, and making significant investments into state-of-the-art capital facilities.”

New York also adopted the Senator José Peralta DREAM Act In 2019, which provides undocumented New Yorkers and other students access to TAP and other New York state-administered grants and scholarships that support their higher education costs. Students can learn more about that here.

SUNY Interim Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley said, "Gov. Hochul and our state legislators who have prioritized higher education in this year's budget, especially in expanding TAP, are providing life-changing opportunities for many more New Yorkers striving to attain their degrees. New York state's unique Tuition Assistance Program has long been the anchor of financial support for our students seeking the high-quality education offered at our SUNY campuses. Expanding TAP to cover part-time college attendance for thousands of learners whose lives are often already full of family and work responsibilities can be that added incentive to reach for their dream of college completion."

For more information on how to apply to New York state's public colleges and universities, go to www.suny.edu/attend/apply-to-suny/ for SUNY campuses or www.cuny.edu/admissions/apply-to-cuny/#apply for CUNY schools.

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