State Tuition Assistance Program Expands Part-Time Opportunities at Syracuse University


Last week, Governor Kathy Hochul announced the expansion of New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), which now provides assistance to part-time undergraduate students.

Starting this fall, TAP’s $150 million expansion will support part-time students enrolled in six or more credits per semester, according to the announcement. Since NYS TAP is a grant, there is no need to repay it.

As the College of Professional Studies continues to expand its program offersTAP’s expansion opens up new opportunities for a wider population to attend Syracuse University on a part-time basis.

“The expansion of the TAP program removes the main barrier that many part-time students face when pursuing a college education: cost,” says Michael Frasciello, dean of the College of Professional Studies. “The expanded program comes at a time when the College of Professional Studies is maintaining and cutting costs to close the gap between tuition and what part-time students can afford. New York State is now fully aligned with our mission as an accessible college for everyone who otherwise could not study full-time on campus.

New York residents who wish to study part-time at Syracuse University can do so affordably through TAP’s expansion. The flexibility of part-time study combined with TAP allows students to be successful in pursuing a range of future-focused programs available both online and on campus.

“TAP expands access for students who might otherwise feel that attending college is financially out of their reach,” says Peg Stearns, director of financial aid at the College of Professional Studies. “It increases accessibility to higher education opportunities for post-traditional students. Next to the federal Pell Grant program, NYS TAP is the most generous grant available to eligible New York State students.

All students planning to apply for part-time study at Syracuse University are encouraged to complete the FASFA, as it is also the easiest way to apply for part-time TAP.

The College of Professional Studies Financial Aid Office will notify potentially eligible New York State students who have received their FAFSA 2022-23 results. The University Main Campus Bursary Office will process part-time TAP funding.

The College of Professional Studies Financial Aid Office is dedicated to providing TAP application assistance as needed. To learn more about part-time TAP eligibility, visit the state website.

To learn more about financial aid opportunities at the College of Professional Studies, visit the college website.

About the College of Professional Studies

The College of Professional Studies is a global, inclusive and forward-looking college, providing access to diverse students and learners seeking a degree, credential, certificate or educational experience from Syracuse University.


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