Tuition Assistance Program
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  • At that time I believe it was 6 k per a year although it has since been reduced to about 4 k
  • However, if you are going to college and live in NY then I suggest that you look into this

    • by rich

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      The Tuition Assistance Program is a financial assistance program for families or single students that are of a low-income level and would otherwise have a difficulty paying for college. The program,, which was developed within New York states will give students an amount of money that is intended for you to use toward paying your tuition in school. Of course, in order for you to receive this you must be a resident within New York state and before you can determine eligibility you must meet with the financial aid officer in your school and expose your financial papers to them.

      This means you need to show your last two tax returns, your proof of residency and the papers of your parents if you live with them. In my case I was an independent minor and so it was easier for me since I only had to show

      my own documents.

      Since I had not been working and I had nobody to support me in terms of family in a financial way I was eligible for the most TAP money available to students. At that time I believe it was 6 k per a year although it has since been reduced to about 4 k.

      The rules of the TAP program state that every student is eligible for 8 semesters of tap for a bachelor’s degree. This is actually a bad thing because it also includes summer terms and so it may leave you without any aid at the end of your education which it did to me.

      If you continue your education you were eligible for another 8 semesters to get an advanced degree but it has now become a lot more difficult. Last year the program had their rules change and they now ...

      • require that if you receive aid for a given semester you must have at a least 30 credits between the prior semester and the one in which you are to receive aid.

        This essentially means that if you are an undergrad you will always have to take a full amount of courses so that you can be given the aid and if you are a graduate student you are almost automatically disqualified because most graduate students only take 6 credits because courses are so difficult. For a graduate student 9 credits is considered full time so that means that even if you are full time as a graduate student you will not be given any aid because there is almost no way that you could meet this requirement at all.

        The amount of aid is about $ 400 per year which is basically nothing and regardless of

        your grade level you are required to have a 2. 5 grade point average to comply with the program and if you fail to meet this requirement you will have to pay the amount back and it will be counted against your 8 semesters.

        I must say that this is a wonderful idea and it has helped millions of students in New York state be able to afford school, without this program I would have been unable to do so. However,, the changes that occurred last year make it very difficult for anyone to comply with the program and this will hurt many students without question.

        This program needs greater reform because the cut backs are going to exclude many students which is the very purpose of the program to include. However, if you are going to college and live in NY then I suggest that you look into this.

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