Student Financial Aid and the 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:

Ability to Benefit Testing:

It is important to note for NYS institutions of higher education utilizing the ATB for eligiblity for the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP); the ATB must be administered in accordance with the requirements found in sub-section 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. Externa Link Image Icon
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 PDF Image Icon

Statutes and Commissioner's Regulations pertaining to State Financial Assistance

Policy Memoranda and Guidelines

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 Statutory and regulation updates may have superseded the guidance provided here.)

Presentations from the March 15, 2012 Training on the NYS Tuition Assistance Program

Office Contact Information:

Office of Postsecondary Access, Support and Success

New York State Education Department
Room 505W, Education Building
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-3719

(518) 474-7468 (fax)


Last Updated: August 2, 2018