School Code (TAP): 1403
Online TAP Application:
CUNY students applying for the following program must apply for TAP/APTS as well. Applicants will be directed to the TAP website after they have filed for a FAFSA online. New York State's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provides grants to students to assist them in paying tuition. Families with New York State Net Taxable Income of $80.000 or less qualify to receive TAP grants. TAP awards range from $500 to full CUNY tuition.
Note: Due to legislative and budgetary constraints, any of the above/below information is subject to change.
In order to be eligible for TAP, there are some major requirements that students must meet. They are listed below.
In addition to the academic requirements described, they must also meet
certain residency requirements, citizenship requirements, and financial
program criteria. For a full explanation of these regulations, students
should contact the Financial Aid Office.
TAP ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE CHART
The Academic Performance chart above illustrates the requirements. If you fail to meet these requirements, you become ineligible for your next scheduled TAP payment.If you received TAP awards at another school prior to attending LaGuardia, you must meet the academic performance for your TAP payments, based on the number of transfer credits you received.In addition to the eligibility and academic requirements described above, you must also meet certain state residency, citizenship, and financial program criteria.
Requirements for eligibility:
Application Procedures: Applicants must complete TAP application.The Higher Education Services Corporation (H.E.S.C.) determines the applicant's eligibility and mails an award certificate directly to the applicant indicating the amount of the grant.Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: The Tuition Assistance Program is an entitlement program based on financial need.The applicant must:
The current definition of independent status is as follows (independent
status under the State definition does not necessarily insure
independent status for federal aid programs).
Thirty-five years or older on June 30, 2009 or
Undergraduate students may generally receive TAP awards for four years of study. Students enrolled in approved five-year programs may receive awards for more than a total of eight years of undergraduate and graduate study.Award Schedule: The amount of the TAP award is scaled according to level of study, tuition charge, and net taxable income. The income measure is the family's (or independent student's) New York State net taxable income, and (for dependent students) support from divorced or separated parents. This income is further adjusted to reflect other family members enrolled full time in post secondary study.
Application Procedures: Application is made through the CUNY Financial Aid Supplement form. This program is opened to eligible students who meet income requirements and who are taking at least 6.0 to 11.5 credits. Students must make academic progress toward a degree in accordance to the NYS TAP/APTS program pursuit and academic progress requirements and must not have exhausted TAP eligibility. Since funds are restricted, applicants are advised to apply early.
Other Grants, Scholarships and Awards for New York State Residents
Discovery is the companion of SEEK (four-year colleges) program, funded
by the City of New York, at community colleges to assist financially
and educationally disadvantaged students. Students who are in the CD
program may receive money for books and fees. These funds are grants and
do not have to be repaid. CD students also receive additional
counseling and tutorial services through the CD office in C-249. For
more information please visit the College Discovery website at http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/cd
Application Procedures: Application is made by completing the appropriate section of the admission form available on the web at www.cuny.edu. Students must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student
Aid (FASFA) and the CUNY Financial Aid Supplement form on the CUNY
Portal www.cuny.edu. Applicants must be registered as full-time students. Award Schedule: The
amount of financial assistance and other support provided to CD
participants is dependent on need as determined by the Office of Student
Financial Services within State guidelines.
You need to meet citizenship
requirements for CD eligibility. Also, you must prove that you have
lived in New York City for one year. You must indicate on your freshman
admissions application that you want to be considered for the CD
program when you first apply to the college. You must also meet the
academic requirements for program eligibility. When you receive your
notification of acceptance to LaGuardia, you will also be notified
whether or not you have been selected for the CD program.In
order to establish your eligibility for CD financial aid, you must file a
FAFSA and TAP applications. Student Financial Services will instruct
you what additional documentation you will have to submit. Once your
applications are processed and your CD eligibility determined, you will
receive an award letter from Student Financial Services. You must once
every academic year file your financial aid applications if you want CD
You must register and maintain
full-time enrollment status in order to receive CD funds. If, for any
reason, your course load falls below 12 credits or equated credits, but
not fewer than 9, you must see your CD counselor to verify your
continued eligibility for program funds. And if you are in your
graduating semester, you may register for less than a full-time course
load, but you must get permission from your CD counselor first. If you
are transferring to another school, be sure to discuss your plans with
your CD counselor.
Please call 718-482-5270 if you have a College Discovery Program question.
Contact Financial Aid