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Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

This site contains information or referrals to information on a number of topics related to the administration of the NYS Tuition Assistance Program

High School Equivalency information for the NYS Tuition Assistance Program:

  • State High School Equivalency Diploma - Commissioner's Regulations 100.7
    • December 2015 - the amendment of section 100.7 
  • High School Diploma for WWII, Korea, and Vietnam veterans who left high school before graduating (Section 305 of the NYS Education Law). Operation Recognition

Ability to Benefit Testing:

It is important to note for NYS institutions of higher education utilizing the ATB for eligibility for the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP); the ATB must be administered in accordance with the requirements found in subsection 145-2.15 of the Commissioner's Regulations.


For an individual complaint about state student financial aid matters:contact the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) Customer Communications Center at 1-888-NYS-HESC.
1- 888-697-4372 or 1-518-473-1574


For a complaint about the educational programs or practices of degree-granting institutions subject to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education see the information on the Office of College and University Evaluation complaint process

Higher Education in New York State

The Legal Framework for Higher Education in New York State

Statutes and Commissioner's Regulations pertaining to State Financial Assistance

Chief Executive Officer Memorandums concerning Student Financial Assistance

 (Note: These items are provided for reference purposes only. Statutory and regulation updates may have superseded the guidance provided here.)

Links of Interest Regarding Financial Aid