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PSC Members Join Governor Hochul to Tout Part-time TAP

Aug 23, 2022

BMCC

Part-Time TAP Press Conference

NY Governor Kathy Hochul and PSC President James Davis Left to right: PSC First VP Andrea Vasquez, Governor Kathy Hochul, PSC President James Davis Left to right: PSC First VP Andrea Vasquez, former CUNY Rising Director Remy Salas, Governor Kathy Hochul, PSC Treasurer Felicia Wharton 17 PSC members outside BMCC after the press conference.

The PSC principal officers and rank and file PSC members joined Governor Hochul, legislators, university administrators and CUNY students at BMCC, Thursday, August 18 to celebrate New York’s new Part-time Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

Approximately 75,000 students at SUNY, CUNY and private colleges will be eligible for part-time TAP aid this year, according to a press release from the Governor’s office.

The PSC, NYSUT, UUP, student advocates, financial aid officers and key legislators have long advocated to make Part-time TAP a reality. PSC President James Davis praised Governor Hochul for supporting the program.

“We thank Governor Hochul for including part-time TAP as part of her plan for a multi-year reinvestment in CUNY. We look forward to continued collaboration with the governor as we work to ensure the broadest possible access to high quality, public higher education. Part-time TAP will support enrollments and give our students, many of whom are parents and workers, the aid they need to pursue a college degree on a part-time basis,”

James Davis, PSC President

TAP awards between $500 and $5,665 per year are available to low-to-middle income full-time NY students taking 12 or more credits per year.  Before reforms to TAP were enacted along with the State budget for FY 2023, students had to complete two semesters of full-time study to be eligible for pro-rated part-time TAP awards.  The new law requires no full-time prerequisite and makes TAP available to qualifying students taking six to 11 credits per semester.


Published: August 23, 2022 | Last Modified: August 26, 2022

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