New York State Programs

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Application Procedures: Applicants must apply annually to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). Applicants must apply through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. New York State will mail each student a preprinted application for TAP. This application needs to be completed and returned to the State. The application deadline for the academic year is June 30, 2012. The Higher Education Services Corporation determines the applicant’s eligibility and mails an award certificate directly to the applicant indicating the amount of the grant.

 

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: The Tuition Assistance Program is an entitlement program. There is neither a qualifying examination nor a limited amount of awards.

The applicant must:

1. be a New York State resident and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien;

2. be enrolled full-time and matriculated at an approved New York State postsecondary institution;

3. have, if dependent, a family net taxable income below $80,001, or if independent and single with no tax dependents, a net taxable income below $10,001.

This income measure is adjusted to reflect the family’s support from divorced or separated parents. This income is further adjusted to reflect other family members enrolled full-time in post-secondary study;

4. have a high school diploma, a GED or have passed an Ability-to-Benefit Test.

 



Part-Time Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) 
Part-time students at approved schools in New York State who were first-time, full-time freshman in 2007-08 may be eligible for Part-Time TAP to help them pay for college beginning in 2008-09. Part-Time TAP is a grant and does not have to be paid back! Part-Time TAP is not the same as Aid for Part-Time Study.


Eligibility

To be eligible for Part-Time TAP, a student must:

1. be a first time freshman in the 2007-08 academic year or thereafter;

2. have earned 12 credits or more in each of the two consecutive semesters, for a minimum total of 24 credits earned;

3. maintain a minimum of a “C” or average.

In addition, the student must:

1. Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen;

2. Be a legal resident of New York State;

3. Have graduated from high school in the United States, or earned a GED, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department;

4. Be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing;

5. Be charged at least $200 tuition per year;

6. Be taking 6-11 credits per semester;

7. Not be in default on a student loan guaranteed by HESC and not be in any repayment

of state awards.

 

The current definition of independent status is as follows:

1. 35 years of age or older on July 1, 2008

or

2. 22 years of age or older on July 1, 2008 and not:

a. resident in any house, apartment, or building owned or leased by parents for more than two consecutive weeks in calendar years 2006, 2007, or 2008;

b. claimed as a dependent by parents on their Federal or State income tax returns for 2006, 2007, or 2008;

c. be the recipient of gifts, loans, or other financial assistance in excess of $600 from parents in calendar years 2009, 2010, or 2011;

or

3. under 22 years of age on July 1, 2011, and meeting all other requirements of (2) above, and in addition be able to meet at least one of the following requirements:

a. both parents deceased, disabled, or incompetent;

b. receiving public assistance other than Aid to Dependent Children (ADC), or food stamps;

c. ward of a court;

d. unable to ascertain parents’ whereabouts;

e. unable, due to an adverse family situation, to submit parents’ income;

f. married on or before December 31 of the year preceding the academic year for which application is made.


Award Schedule:
The amount of the TAP is scaled according to level of study, tuition charge, and New York State net taxable income.

 




Medical Part-Time Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)Application Procedures: Applicants must apply annually to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation, through the College’s Financial Aid Counselors.

Two applications are needed: (1) Free Application for Federal Student Aid and (2) Affirmation of Disability form. New York State will send each student a pre-printed application which must be completed and returned to the State.


Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards:
TAP is an entitlement program. There is neither a qualifying examination nor a limited number of awards. The applicant must:

1. be a New York State resident and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien;

2. have, if dependent, a family net taxable income below $80,001, or if independent and single with no dependents, a net taxable income below $10,001;

3. accumulate 12 credits in part-time attendance;

4. be in good academic standing.

 

Award Schedule: Same as Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).


Rights and Responsibilities of Recipients:
Terms of less than full-time attendance are collected. When 12 or more credits accumulate, an award will be issued based on the financial information report to TAP for that term. A TAP application must be sent to TAP for each academic year of part-time attendance.

 




Regents Awards for Children of Deceased Police Officers, Firefighters & Corrections Officers 
Application Procedures:
A special application, obtainable from a high school principal or counselor, must be filed with the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), Albany, NY 12255. Documentary evidence to establish eligibility is required with the application. For more information call 518-474-8615.


Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards:
The applicant must be a resident child of a resident police officer, firefighter or a corrections officer of New York State, or any of its municipalities, who died as the result of an injury sustained in the line of duty. Individuals eligible for the Regents Award for Children of Deceased State Corrections Officers and State Civilian Employees of a Correctional Facility are not eligible for this award.


Award Schedule:
The amount of the award is $450 per year, for up to five years, depending on the normal length of the program of study, of full-time study in a college or in a hospital nursing school in New York State. If the sum of this award and a TAP award exceeds tuition and required fee charges, the TAP award is reduced.


Responsibilities of Recipients:
To receive payment, the scholarship holder must, each year, file a special Supplemental Application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Recipients must be in good academic standing in accordance with the Commissioner’s Regulations, and must not be in default of a loan guaranteed by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation. A statement of good academic standing which is established by each institution in accordance with Commissioner’s Regulations is found in the Academic Standards section which follows.

 




State Aid to Native Americans
Application Procedures:
Application forms may be obtained from the Native American Education Unit, New York State Education Department, Albany, NY 12234. The completed application form should be forwarded by the applicant to the Native American Education Unit together with the following materials:

1. official transcript of high school record or photostat of General Equivalency Diploma;

2. letter(s) of recommendation from one or more leaders in the community, attesting to personality and character;

3. personal letter, setting forth clearly and in detail, educational plans and desires;

4. signatures of parents of minor applicants, approving education plans;

5. official tribal certification form;

6. copy of acceptance letter from the college at which attendance is anticipated.


Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards:
The applicant must:

1. be a member of one of the Native American tribes located on reservations within New York State;

2. have graduated from an approved high school, or have earned a General Equivalency Diploma, or be enrolled in a program in an approved post-secondary institution leading to a degree-credit status and the General Equivalency Diploma;

3. be enrolled in an approved post-secondary institution in New York State.

State Aid to Native Americans is an entitlement program. There is neither a qualifying examination nor a limited number of awards.


Award Schedule:
The award is $1,350 per year for a maximum of four years of full-time study for students registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Students registered for less than this number will be funded at approximately $56 per credit hour.


Rights and Responsibilities of Recipients:
Students are responsible for notifying the Native American Education Unit in writing of any change in student status, program, or institutional employment: Native American Education Unit, New York State Education Department, Albany, NY 12234.

 




Vocational Rehabilitation 
Application Procedures:
Handicapped persons may obtain a list of local offices of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) from VESID, New York State Education Department, Albany, NY 12230.


Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards:
Any disabled person, with a substantial employment handicap, who can become employable within a reasonable period of time may be eligible. VESID serves those having any physical, emotional, or mental disability except blindness. The legally blind are served by the Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, State Department of Social Services, 40 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12243.

 

Eligible applicants may receive counseling, medical examinations and other evaluation services, physical restoration services, as well as instruction and training, including that provided by institutions of post-secondary education.

Clients are asked to share the expense, based upon State standards, of some of the services provided, such as college or university expense, to enable the client to attain his/her vocational objectives.

 




The Readers’ Aid Program 
The Readers’ Aid Program is to provide payment of readers, note takers and interpreters for students who are blind or deaf and matriculated in an institution of higher education.


Guidelines for Program Eligibility and Administration

Section I: Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the program, the student must:

a. be a legal resident of New York State;

b. be legally blind or deaf. Legally blind is defined as 20/200 in the better eye with best correction.

Deaf is defined as:

1. a severe to profound impairment of the sense of hearing. A person who is deaf cannot understand speech with or without amplification. Such a person relies primarily on visual communication, such as facial expressions and lipreading, manual communication, gestures, writing, and reading,

or

2. a speech discrimination less than 70 percent. Speech discrimination would be determined by a phonetically balanced (PB) word list. The PB list should be administered at the maximum comfort level (MCL),

or

3. at least a pure tone average (PTA) of 50 dB loss in the better ear. PTA is determined for each ear by computing the average of the pure tone threshold at 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz. For example, if the thresholds are 60 dB at 500 Hz, 80 dB to 1000 Hz, and 90 dB at 2000 Hz, the pure tone average

would be:          60 + 80 + 90 + 2330 = 77dB;

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and

c. be matriculated in an institution of higher education authorized by law to grant degrees, and if in New York State, approved by the New York State Board of Regents.

 

Section II: Amount and Authorized Use

A stipend, of not more than $500, is made available during each half of the academic year for a total of $1,000 for employment of persons to read to a student of a degree-granting institution who is blind or to take notes or interpret for a student who is deaf.

Readers’ Aid payments are made directly to The College of New Rochelle for the students. Readers, note takers and interpreters are paid by the College from these funds upon receipt of bills approved by the students.

Readers’ Aid funds cannot be used for tuition, maintenance fees, guide services, textbooks, equipment or supplies. Readers, note takers and interpreters cannot be members of the student’s family without requesting or justifying the need in writing.


Section III: Students’ Responsibilities

a. Students must make a separate application to the institution for each semester for which Readers’ Aid is desired. Application forms are available at the CNR Financial Aid office, district offices of the Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH), and district offices of VESID.

b. A student’s first application for Readers’ Aid must be on the standard application form and submitted after school registration.
It must be accompanied by either a medical eye report from a certified ophthalmologist or certification of legal blindness by CBVH, or an audiogram from an otologist or a licensed audiologist indicating air and bone conduction thresholds. These materials should be sent to the college.

c. Reapplications may be made by completing another application form or submitting a written request to the institution, after registration. The reapplication should identify the institution, the semester, and the number of credit hours currently registered.

d. Applications for the fall semester (or the first half of the year) must be received at the institution by September 30, and for the second half of the year by February

1. Application and inquiries can be made at the Office of the Vice President for

Student Services.