Admissions & Aid
The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC) administers the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to help pay the tuition for eligible full- and part-time students. The TAP grant is applied exclusively toward tuition charges and is not refundable to a student.
The first step in applying for TAP is to complete the FAFSA. After you have completed the FAFSA on the Web (FOTW), the confirmation page will give you a link to the TAP on the Web (TOTW) application for New York State financial aid.
Before completing the TAP application, you will be asked to establish a PIN (personal identification number) for TAP. This PIN will allow you to complete your application later, access your application information, and make changes.
After establishing your PIN, you will be able to complete your TAP application. The TAP online form will be pre-filled with some of the information from the FAFSA you completed online. Review this data, supply any missing information, and submit the form. Follow the instructions provided.
A detailed outline of the TAP Application process is available on the HESC website.
If you choose not to apply online, HESC will mail you an Express TAP Application (ETA). Information from your FAFSA and your family’s calculated New York State net taxable income will be preprinted on your ETA. Review this information, change any incorrect items, complete any missing items, then sign and mail the form using the return envelope.
If you provide an e-mail address on your FAFSA, HESC will use that address to contact you about your TAP application, give you processing updates, or award information. Please respond to any requests or instructions sent by HESC.
To be eligible for TAP, a student must:
New York State Aid/TAP Academic Progress and Pursuit Requirement Chart (PDF)
A complete list of TAP eligibility requirements is available on the HESC Website.
You can check the status of your TAP Application online on the HESC Website.
Direct questions concerning the certification process via e-mail or call TAP Payments at 518.474.3608.
Beginning with the summer 2010 term, non-remedial students first receiving state aid in 2007–08 and thereafter must be evaluated using the new Satisfactory Progress Chart (PDF).
There a number of reasons that can cause students to lose their TAP award:
Students who have lost good academic standing may restore this standing in one of the following ways:
Regulations permit students to receive a one-time waiver of the good academic standing requirement as an undergraduate student. Reasons for granting a waiver may include:
Students must have been registered at Brooklyn College in both the fall and spring semesters prior to summer.
Students must have earned a minimum of 24 credits toward their degree requirements during the prior two semesters and have been full-time in the spring semester prior to summer. The equivalent of three credit remedial hours per semester maybe included in the 24 credits earned.
Students must register for a minimum of six credits and will use half the TAP award. Students who register for 12 or more credits will use a full semester award.
All other TAP requirements must also be met.
Repeated courses in which you have already received a passing grade cannot be included in meeting the TAP full-time study requirement unless:
For payment purposes, remedial courses may be counted toward full-time study requirements. Up to one half of a student’s minimum course load can consist of non-credit remedial courses (for example, six credits at a semester institution), except that during the first term of college-level study, the minimum full-time course load of 12 semester hours can include up to nine hours of non-credit remedial hours. Credit-bearing courses need equal only one-fourth the minimum full-time study requirement (for example, three credits at a semester institution).
The Ability to Benefit (ATB) test must be passed if a student does not have a high school diploma or GED from within the United States.