Issue Background

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

  • Help us to advocate for a maximum TAP award of $6,500!
  • And help us reinstate Grad TAP and reduce the restrictions on part-time TAP.


Since its inception, over 5 million New Yorker’s have benefited from TAP. The program helps more than 302,000 students pay their tuition at a New York State college or university.  In 2013-14, $936 million was awarded to New York State students. 

Most (51%) TAP funds go to families earning less than $20,000 annually, with 72% having incomes of $40,000 or less. 

Last year, the TAP award increased $165 to a maximum of $5,165. This is the first increase in more than a decade. By continuing to raise the levels of need-based grant aid, more students can benefit and TAP can continue to provide access for the state’s citizens and keep New York’s best students at home.