Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
To apply for TAP a student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen, as well as a legal resident of New York State for at least a year. The amount of a TAP award depends upon the family’ s size and net taxable income, which is defined as the combined income of the applicant, the applicant’ s parents, and the applicant’ s spouse as reported in New York State income tax returns for the previous year. Students who are financially dependent upon their parents, and students who are financially independent of their parents and are married or have tax dependents may be eligible for TAP if their family’ s net taxable income is less than $20,001. Graduate students who are financially independent may be eligible if their net taxable income is less than $5,666. (Adjustments are made if other family household members are attending college full-time.) The maximum TAP award for a graduate student at Hunter College ranges from $75 – $550 per year.
The deadline for filing TAP applications is May 1 of the following year (e.g., for the academic year 2010-2011 the deadline would be May 1, 2011).
A student with a disability that prevents attendance on a full-time basis may be eligible to receive TAP while attending on a part-time basis.
Professional Opportunity Scholarships
Professional Opportunity Scholarships (for approved professional programs, e.g., accounting, architecture, dental hygiene, engineering, law, landscape, architecture, nursing, occupational therapy, ophthalmic dispensing, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician’ s assistant, podiatry, psychology, social work, veterinary medicine, speech-language pathology/ audiology) are available to U.S. citizens and permanent New York State residents. Students must be enrolled full-time (matriculated) in an approved program of study in New York State. Students must agree to practice in New York State for one year in their chosen profession for each annual payment received. Students must demonstrate good academic standing and meet college guidelines for pursuit of the program.
Recipients must be chosen in the following order of priority:
- Economically disadvantaged (prescribed criteria) and a minority group member historically underrepresented in the profession.
- Minority-group member underrepresented in the profession.
- Candidate who is enrolled in or a graduate of COLLEGE DISCOVERY (CD); SEARCH FOR ELEVATION, EDUCATION AND KNOWLEDGE (SEEK); EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (EOP); HIGHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAMS (HEOP).
Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 a year for up to four years, or five years in certain programs. TAP and some other benefits may supplement this award.
Contact the New York State Education Department, Bureau of Post-Secondary Grants Administration, Cultural Education Center, Rm. 5B68, Albany, NY 12230, (518) 474-5705. Applications must be submitted each year.