Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
Undergraduates may apply for TAP for the summer, fall and spring semesters, and may receive TAP for up to four years of study (eight semesters) unless you are enrolled in EOP which allows an additional year of TAP payments. Binghamton University's TAP code is 0880.
TAP provides undergraduate students who are residents of New York state and meet financial and academic criteria with grants from $500 to $5,165 per academic year. Limits for minimum and maximum awards are determined by the New York State Legislature. Get an estimate of your TAP award.
- New York state resident and either a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or refugee and meet income guidelines
- Have graduated from a high school in the United States, or earned a high school equivalency
*Student who graduated from a high school outside of the United States? find out how to establish TAP eligibility.
- Be a matriculated undergraduate student with full-time enrollment in a degree program
- Demonstrate satisfactory academic progress
- Meet degree applicability requirements each semester.
How to apply for TAP
- Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- After completing your FAFSA, immediately start your NYS Student Aid Payment application.
- If you miss the state application link after finishing the FAFSA, you will receive an email from NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) directing you to complete the application
- You must complete an application for New York state student aid every year in which you wish to receive payment for any state grants and/or scholarships.
How does TAP work?
- TAP is awarded for the academic year, but is certified every semester based on the successful completion of the prior semester’s requirements, including completed credit hours and GPA. Additionally, you must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits that are ALL applicable to your degree requirements or declared major.
- Every semester, if awarded, an actual TAP will show as a credit on the bill, viewable on QuikPay. However, in order for the TAP funds to pay, your eligibility must be certified by the institution every semester. This typically occurs around the 5th week of classes.
- If your TAP is certified and you are owed a refund, you will receive an e-mail from Student Accounts indicating that your TAP funds have been received and your refund is available. This typically occurs around the 6th week of classes every semester after certification is complete.
- If your TAP is not certified, you will be notified. You will also no longer receive credit on your bill for TAP, which may create an account balance. If you have questions regarding why you were decertified, please contact our office. Otherwise, you will have to contact Student Accounts to resolve any outstanding account balance that may have resulted.
SUNY tuition credit
- TAP-eligible students are also eligible to receive a SUNY Tuition Credit award to offset tuition charges. This award is calculated and based on the level of a student's TAP award.
New York State Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)
What is APTS?
APTS is a New York state grant program for students pursuing an undergraduate degree on a part-time basis.
How much aid is available?
Eligible undergraduate students can receive up to $2,000 per year to assist in paying tuition expenses.
To be eligible for APTS, New York state requires you to:
- Be a matriculated undergraduate student (enrolled in a degree-granting major at Binghamton University)
- Be a New York state resident
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Be enrolled for at least 3 but not more than 11 undergraduate credits per semester
- Have tuition charges of at least $100 that are not paid or reimbursed by an employer or other tuition scholarship
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.0
- Meet the NYS Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements
- Not be in default of a Federal Education Loan
Students must also meet the following income guidelines:
- If you were claimed as a tax dependent by your parents, your combined NYS net taxable income for you and your parents cannot exceed $50,550.
- If you were not claimed as a tax dependent by your parents, your NYS net taxable income for you (and your spouse) cannot exceed $34,250.
- If you were not claimed as a tax dependent by your parents and you claim dependent children, your NYS net taxable income for you (and your spouse) cannot exceed $50,550.
How to apply
- Complete an APTS application for the aid year in which you are applying
- Attach a signed copy of your New York state tax return (i.e. NYS IT-150 or NYS IT-201)
- Dependent students must also submit a signed copy of parent(s) New York State tax return.
- Submit all information to Financial Aid Services prior to the University’s deadline listed on the application.