All New York State residents should apply for New York State financial aid after completing their FAFSA.

Full-time students may be eligible for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). TAP is a grant, so it does not have to be paid back and it can provide assistance up to full tuition costs! Part-time aid programs are part of New York State’s grant assistance, so that money also does not have to be paid back. Applying is free and easy, and the Financial Aid Office is here to help. 

Before you begin applying for NYS aid, ask yourself if the following statements are true.
  • I meet all of the qualifications for and have already completed the FAFSA.
  • I have been a legal resident of New York State for 12 continuous months.
  • I graduated from a U.S. high school, earned a high school equivalency diploma by passing a TASC or passed a federally approved ATB Test.
  • I am a dependent student and my parents are New York State residents.

Yes! All of these statements are true.

Great! You are ready to begin applying for New York State Financial Aid! Follow these steps to get started:

  1. Gather your social security number, New York State tax returns and/or W-2s from the prior-prior year. You will need to reference these documents.

  2. Link to the TAP application as soon as you submit the FAFSA or wait 3 business days after submitting the FAFSA and Apply for TAP  OCC's TAP School Code is 2185

  3. Part-time Students: after applying for TAP, and submit this form to the Financial Aid Office: Application for Part-Time Study


  4. OCC and New York State provide students various scholarship opportunities every year. Scholarships are money that doesn't need to be paid back. Take a look and apply today!

  5. Apply for Scholarships

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No, at least one statement is not true.

At this time, you are not eligible to receive New York State financial aid, but you can still apply for OCC Scholarships!

Scholarships are money that doesn't need to be paid back. Take a look and apply today!

Apply for Scholarships