With a goal of helping low- and moderate-income students afford a postsecondary education, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) has been essential for millions of New York resident students since its inception nearly 50 years ago.

However, TAP expenditures have declined over the past five years, dropping from $917.3 million in academic year 2016-17 to $701.8 million in 2020-21, a 23 percent reduction.

Today, New York State spends $215 million less on TAP than it did in 2016-17. Action must be taken to modernize TAP and reverse this disinvestment.