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NY State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

LIU Student Financial Services  Funding your education is easier than you think. You can get started immediately by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA (for U.S. citizens and permanent residents) or College Scholarship Service - CSS (for international students), which asks you to provide financial information such as income and assets. Completing the FAFSA or CSS application is well worth the time investment. You could potentially receive thousands of dollars toward your education costs.

If, along the way, you or your family need assistance with the FAFSA or CSS forms, experienced financial aid counselors on the campuses can take you through each step and answer any questions you may have. To start the application process, click on the forms below or contact a counselor in your campus Financial Aid Office.

Note: A Federal Student Aid PIN (Personal Identification Number) is required to complete the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA, or to make a correction. It is strongly recommended that all students and at least one parent of dependent students obtain a Federal Student Aid PIN. To apply for a Federal Student Aid PIN go to www.pin.ed.gov and click “Apply for Pin.” Continuing students who have lost their Federal Student Aid PIN can apply for a duplicate PIN by clicking on “Request a Duplicate Pin” on this same site.

FAFSA - For New Students

If you are a new student (U.S. citizen or permanent resident), you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form no later than March 1 and list Long Island University’s code of 002751.

Renewal FAFSA - For Current Students

If you are a current student, you must annually file a Renewal FAFSA on or before March 1 and list Long Island University’s code of 002751.

TAP – For New and Current Students

If you are a permanent resident of New York State, enrolled as a part-time or full-time college student, you can apply for a grant through New York State's Tuition Assistance Program. The TAP application process begins by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Once you have completed the FAFSA form, click on the “TAP on the Web” link.

For more information, visit the New York State’s TAP Web site.

  • TAP Code: 0403 (undergraduate)
  • TAP Code: 5403 (graduate)

CSS Profile - For International Students

If you are a new international student, you must file the CSS Profile (College Scholarship Service) by March 1 and list Long Island University’s code of 2070. Continuing international students do not need to file a renewal form.

TAP Eligibility

In order to qualify for TAP, students must meet the following basic requirements, as established by the New York State:

  • They must be New York State resident for 12 consecutive months before the term for which assistance is sought
  • They must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • They must be enrolled full time (defined by New York State as taking 12 or more credits per term at the undergraduate or graduate levels)
  • They must comply with the New York State Education Department Commissioner's Guidelines on Good Academic Standing (more detailed information is provided below), which includes:

    • Minimum credits earned and/or courses successfully completed;
    • Minimum cumulative grade-point average earned; and
    • Minimum number of repeated courses.
  • They must comply with the joint New York State Education Department and HESC grade-point average requirement, which states that students must have a cumulative "C" average or better after the receipt of two annual payments
  • They must declare a major before the start of their junior year (undergraduate applicants only)

Students who do not have a high school diploma or GED from within the United States or from the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam or the Northern Mariana Islands must also pass the State’s Ability to Benefit (ATB) test.* College graduates from the United States and recognized foreign colleges and universities (per the country’s ministry of education) are exempt from this exam.

*Note: This requirement went into effect for the 2006-07 award year and only pertains to students who are receiving a New York State award for the first time. Students who have received a New York State award prior to the 2006-07 award year do not have to meet the requirements of the ATB test. Students required to take the ATB exam must pass by the last day of the University’s withdrawal period to qualify for a TAP award for the term, which is generally at the end of the 4th week of the term. Students should contact their campus Office of Admissions to schedule an exam appointment.

Maintaining Good Academic Standing

Students, who receive financial aid assistance from the State of New York, are required to meet and maintain standards of satisfactory academic progress. Standards to be met appear in the following charts, which have been developed using the guidelines set forth by the governing agencies involved.

Generally, to meet good academic standards, students must successfully complete a minimum number of credits each term, achieve a satisfactory cumulative grade-point average, and make progress towards their degree objective. Each of the following charts contains specific information on the academic requirements involved, probationary status, and the appeals process. Part-time students also are required to maintain good academic standing, and should simply prorate the requirements that appear on the full-time charts outlined below:

Undergraduate Requirements

Before being certified for this TAP payment, a student must: 1. Maintain a registration of at least this many credits 2. Have earned this minimum number of credits 3. Have earned this minimum cumulative grade point average 4. Have completed the previous term this minimum number of credits without withdrawals
1st Payment 12 0 0 0
2nd Payment 12 0 0 6
3rd Payment 12 9 1.2 6
4th Payment 12 21 1.3 9
5th Payment 12 33 2.0 9
6th Payment 12 45 2.0 12
7th Payment 12 60 2.0 12
8th Payment 12 75 2.0 12
9th Payment
HEOP only
12 90 2.0 12
10th Payment
HEOP only
12 105 2.0 12

To receive a TAP award from New York State, students must meet good academic standing requirements. These are different than the requirements set forth by the federal government, and are applicable only to TAP awards.

The measures for good standing for TAP Awards monitor the following:

  • Minimum credits earned, and/or courses successfully completed
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average earned, and
  • Minimum number of repeated courses

When viewing the chart above, please note that:

  1. All students must register for a minimum of 12 credits (Column #1 of the chart).
  2. A minimum number of cumulative credits must be earned by each payment period that exhibits progress towards the degree objective (Column #2 of the chart).
  3. A minimum average must be achieved for each payment. As students progress, the minimum required average increases (Column #3 of the chart).
  4. To continue to receive TAP funding, a minimum number of credits must be completed each term. The further students progress and the more TAP payments they receive, the higher the required minimum number of credits becomes (Column #4 of the chart).

Graduate Requirements

Before being certified for this TAP payment, a student must: 1. Maintain a registration of at least this many credits 2. Have earned this minimum number of credits 3. Have earned this minimum cumulative grade point average 4. Have completed the previous term this minimum number of credits without withdrawals
1st Payment 12 0 0 0
2nd Payment 12 6 .6 6
3rd Payment 12 12 1.2 6
4th Payment 12 18 1.8 9
5th Payment 12 30 2.5 9
6th Payment 12 45 2.5 12
7th Payment 12 60 2.5 12
8th Payment 12 70 2.5 12

To receive a TAP award from New York State, students must meet good academic standing requirements. These are different than the requirements set forth by the federal government, and are applicable only to TAP awards.

The measures for good standing for TAP Awards monitor the following:

  • Minimum credits earned, and/or courses successfully completed
  • Minimum cumulative grade-point average earned, and
  • Minimum number of repeated courses

The undergraduate and graduate TAP charts that follow reflect the requirements. When reviewing these charts, please note that:

  1. All students must register for a minimum of 12 credits (Column #1 of the chart)
  2. A minimum number of cumulative credits must be earned by each payment period that exhibits progress towards the degree objective (Column #2 of the chart)
  3. A minimum average must be achieved for each payment. As students progress, the minimum required average increases (Column #3 of the chart)
  4. To continue to receive TAP funding, a minimum number of credits must be completed each term. The further students progress and the more TAP payments they receive, the higher the required minimum number of credits becomes (Column #4 of the chart)

Students unable to meet the minimum undergraduate/graduate eligibility requirements illustrated above for a given semester may receive a waiver, which gives them time to regain normal eligibility standing. Your campus Bursar’s Office will notify you if you become ineligible for TAP. Waivers are only permitted once each during the course of a student’s undergraduate and graduate studies. To discuss your eligibility for a waiver, please visit your campus Bursar’s Office. Once your eligibility is determined, you will need to complete a waiver application, receive academic counseling and provide the needed documentation within the timeframe allotted.