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Excelsior Scholarship

NEW: The Excelsior Scholarship application for the Spring 2019 term is now open for new applicants, and will close on Monday, January 14, 2019. The link to the application is found at hesc.ny.gov/excelsior. Please be reminded that current Excelsior Scholarship recipients, including students who first received an award in Fall 2017 or after, do not need to take any additional action for this term.

The Excelsior Scholarship is a New York State funded grant program, when combined with other grants/scholarships, will allow eligible full-time students to attend Lehman College, tuition free.

To be eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship, students are required to meet the following general criteria:

Be a NYS resident and U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Have graduated from a High School in the United States, earned a High School Equivalency diploma, or passed the ATB Exam

Household Income is at or below

2017: $100,000 (2015 Tax Return)

2018: $110,000 (2016 Tax Return)

2019: $125,000 (2017 Tax Return)

Enrolled as a full time student, at least 12 credits (we recommend 15 credits) and complete at least 30 credits per Academic Year

Plan to reside in NYS following graduation for the length of time the award was received, and, if employed during such time, be employed in NYS

To apply for the Excelsior Scholarship, all students are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and NYS TAP application. Upon completing the NYS TAP application, students will be prompted to complete the Excelsior Scholarship application.

To view frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the Excelsior Scholarship program, click here. For further information, you may also visit the DegreeWorks/FACTS Support Center, located in Shuster Hall, Room 103.

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The Tuition Assistance Program is an entitlement program. Awards are noncompetitive and any student who meets the criteria for eligibility will receive funds. All applicants must be a New York State resident and an eligible U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien.

Applicants are required to apply annually to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). HESC determines the applicant's eligibility and emails a certificate of eligibility with the amount of the grant directly to the applicant. You may view the HESC web site HERE.

The Lehman College TAP CODE: 1412

TAP Qualifications

To be eligible for each TAP award, students are required to meet the following criteria:

Registered for at least 12 credits (we recommend 15 credits)

Credits counted meet degree requirements as described in the Bulletin

Complete a specific number of credits in the previous semester (Elective credits are acceptable when taken in accordance with published degree requirements)

Accumulate a specific number of credits towards your degree 

Maintain a specific minimum Grade Point Average (GPA)

Declare a major by the time you complete 60 credits. (If you are repeating a course in order to earn the “C” required for your major, declare your major even though you have not yet completed 60 credits)

NOTE: SEEK students may receive TAP awards for 10 semesters; all other undergraduates may receive TAP awards for 8 semesters.

The following charts explain these requirements:

 

Received FIRST TAP Award Before SUMMER 2006

SEEK Students are excluded from this chart

To receive Payment number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
You must have completed at least this many credits in the previous payment semester 0 6 6 9 9 12 12 12 12 12
You must have accumulated this many credits toward your degree 0 0 6 18 31 45 60 75 90 105
You must have a GPA of 0 0 1.0 1.2 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0

Received FIRST TAP Award in SUMMER 2006 or Later

This chart is for Non-SEEK and SEEK students

To receive Payment number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
You must have completed at least this many credits in the previous payment semester 0 6 6 9 9 12 12 12 12 12
You must have accumulated this many credits toward your degree 0 3 9 21 33 45 60 75 90 105
You must have a GPA of 0 1.1 1.2 1.3 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0

Received FIRST TAP Award 2010-2011 and Later SEEK

SEEK Students are excluded from this chart

To receive Payment number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
You must have completed at least this many credits in the previous payment semester 0 6 6 9 9 12 12 12 12 12
You must have accumulated this many credits toward your degree 0 6 15 27 39 51 66 81 96 111
You must have a GPA of 0 1.5 1.8 1.8 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0


TAP Ineligibility

You may become TAP ineligible due to one or more of the following reason(s):

Have accumulated 60 credits and have not declare a major

Repeating a course that cannot be used toward full-time enrollment for TAP eligibility

Failed to complete the required amount of credits on your last TAP supported semester

Have not earned the required amount of credits for the specific TAP payment granted

Do not have the Grade Point Average (GPA) required for this payment

Repeated Courses

Repeated courses in which you have already received a passing grade cannot be included in fulfilling TAP full time study requirements. Repeated courses may be counted toward the full time study requirement if you repeat a course that you have previously failed or have received a passing grade that is unacceptable in a particular curriculum.

Summer TAP Awards

If you wish to collect a SUMMER TAP award, students are required to meet the following criteria:

Registered full time in the prior Spring semester

Earned at least 24 credits from the same institution in the prior two (2) terms

Enrolled part time for at least six (6), but fewer than 12 semester hours applicable to the program of study to receive a half-time accelerated payment

These requirements must be met each time an accelerated award is sought). Transferred credits cannot be included in the 24-credit requirement.

ADA Part Time TAP

Traditionally, TAP is only for full time students. However, ADA Law (Adults with Disability Act) allows certain students with disability limitations to access TAP funding while attending school part time. While receiving ADA TAP, students are required to complete the credits attempted each semester to fulfill the requirement for on-time degree completion. For more information on the ADA Part Time TAP program, click here.

One-Time TAP Waiver

All students receiving financial assistance through TAP are required to remain in good academic standing as defined under the NYS requirements. TAP regulations permit a one-time TAP waiver to students who fail to remain in good academic standing due to the following extenuating circumstances:

Personal illness involving either hospitalization or extended home confinement

Illness in the immediate family requiring your absence from classes for an extended period of time

Emotionally disabling condition that prevented you from attending classes

Military duty, incarceration, or other involvement with agencies of government

NOTE: Normal family responsibilities, work, or fear of failing a class do not meet the above standards.

To complete the TAP waiver, kindly visit the DegreeWorks/FACTS Support Center, located in Shuster Hall, Room 103. All waivers must be accompanied by documentation to support the request.

Last Semester Exception (LSE)

Traditionally, students are required to be enrolled as a full time student and their courses are required to meet graduation requirements to be eligible for TAP. The student's final term of study is an exception. If a student needs fewer than 12 credits in their final semester, additional courses beyond their degree requirements may be included to determine full time status.

To be eligible for this award, students must not have exhausted their existing TAP awards and are required to meet the following criteria:

Be enrolled for at least three (3) credits toward their degree requirements

Registered for a minimum of 12 credits

Complete all courses successfully with a passing grade

Graduate at the end of the term

Students who who to meet the criteria may have their TAP award revoked for the respective term and owe monies to the college.

If you believe you qualify and meet the criteria for the LSE, kindly visit the DegreeWorks/FACTS Support Center, located in Shutser Hall, Room 103, for further information.

Aid for Part Time Study (APTS)

APTS is a New York State funded grant program to assist part time students. The eligibility criteria parallels the eligibility criteria used by the TAP program. APTS recipients are required to enroll for at least six (6), but less than twelve (12) credits. Additionally, students must not have exhausted their existing TAP awards. APTS award are subject to change based on funding.

To apply for APTS, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a NYS TAP application, as well as the CUNY Supplement Form located in the Student Center on CUNYfirst. All applications must be completed by the established deadline to be considered for the APTS award. The deadline for the Fall terms is the 2nd week of Septemeber, and the deadline for the Spring terms is the 2nd week of February.

For further information on APTS, kindly visit the DegreeWorks/FACTS Support Center, located in Shuster Hall, Room 103.

Ability to Benefit (ATB)

The New York State legislature mandated a new eligibility requirement, the Ability to Benefit or ATB Exam, which may impact the student's award under the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). This regulation affects students who earned their high school diploma outside the United States and who are scheduled to receive their first TAP award beginning Fall 2006 or later.

You may meet the ATB standard by achieving the minimum required score on an ATB Exam. Lehman College will administer the Accuplacer (an approved ATB Exam) for all students affected by the regulation. All students must take the ATB exam within the add/drop period of the respective term.

You may schedule an appointment with the Lehman College Testing Office, located in the APEX Building, Room 240, to take the ATB exam. Students are required to meet/exceed the following scores:

Reading: A score of 55 or higher

Sentence Skills: A score of 60 or higher

Arithmetic: A score of 34 or higher

Students who do not meet the required scores may contact the Testing Office for information on remediation instruction. Once the remediation is complete, the student may request to retake the ATB exam. To be eligibile for TAP, students are required to take the exam within the add/drop period of the term, even if permission is granted to retake the exam.