Major Changes to 2010-2011 TAP Program
- New Academic Progress Standards
- Some students must accumulate more credits toward their degree with each TAP payment to remain in good academic standing and continue to receive TAP.
- All semester TAP awards are reduced by $37.50 ($75.00 per academic year).
- Private pension and annuity amounts excluded from New York State income tax are to be included in the calculation of income used for determining TAP award eligibility.
- A new award schedule with a maximum New York income of less than $40,000 and a maximum award of the lesser of $3,025 or the actual tuition charged is established for independent students who are married with no tax dependents.
- TAP awards are no longer available for graduate students.
- Students in default on any state or federal student loan are not eligible for TAP or any other New York State financial aid program.
2010-2011 TAP Grant Award Questions and Answers
Q: Which students are affected by the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) changes?
A: Beginning with the 2010 summer term, non-remedial students who first received state aid in 2007-08 and thereafter must be evaluated using the new Satisfactory Progress Chart.
Q: What is the definition of a non-remedial student?
A: For the purpose of evaluating Satisfactory Academic Progress, a student NOT accepted in a special program, such as the SEEK program, is considered a non-remedial student.
Q: Should students evaluated at the end of the spring 2010 term be reassessed using the new chart?
A; Yes, non-remedial students who first received state aid in 2007-08 and thereafter and were previously assessed for Satisfactory Academic Progress must be re-evaluated to ensure that they remain in good academic standing based on the new requirements.
Q: Are scholarships affected by the $75 reduction?
A: No scholarships are affected by the $75 reduction.
Q: How will students be informed by HESC that TAP is no longer available at the graduate level and about other changes to TAP awards?
A: HESC will send emails to applicants beginning on Monday, August 23, advising them of their eligibility status (approved or denied) and referring them to the HESC website to sign in, using their secure HESC PIN, and view their awards. Once they log in, applicants will see information about their particular status as well as information about the 2010-11 budget changes pertaining to TAP.
Q: How does RETA/REFA affect TAP eligibility?
A: Students eligible for RETA/REFA will be eligible for TAP and other state awards provided they continue to make appropriate payments satisfactory to the holder of the defaulted loan(s).
Q: Where can I find more general information about the TAP program?
A: More information can be found on the Queens College financial aid website and the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website.