Applying for Aid: Full-time Students

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Step 3 - Apply for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

If you are not a New York State Resident, please skip to Step 4.

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is a financial aid grant for students meeting residence, income, academic, or other requirements, as established by state law. As a result of completing the FAFSA, your information will be forwarded to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). Electronic FAFSA filers who meet New York State residency requirements and who have listed a New York State college will be given an electronic link on the FAFSA website in order to complete their NYS Express Tap Application (ETA). Paper FAFSA filers will be sent their ETA by mail if the student is a first-time state award recipient or if HESC requires additional information to process their application.
Upon completion, you will be notified by HESC of your award. Although an estimate of your eligibility may be included on your MCC award letter, applicants should be aware that notification from HESC is your official TAP award*. If you need to make any corrections, follow the directions on the Change Form provided by NYSHESC. It is recommended that you keep a copy of the Change Form. If you need a duplicate ETA or Change Form, you can request one online at
*Applicants should also note that official notification from HESC regarding TAP awards will not be sent until the New York State budget or a provisional spending agreement is approved by both the Governor and NYS Legislature.

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