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The Association of Private Colleges (APC) was pleased to see that the Senate and Assembly One-House proposals have included expanding eligibility for the state’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to part-time students attending proprietary colleges. We were also encouraged that the two houses found common ground in raising the income threshold for dependent students from $80,000 to $125,000. If included in the final FY 2025 budget, these would be significant steps forward for the unique population of students that our colleges serve.

While the Senate also called to increase the minimum TAP award from $500 to $1,000 and maximum TAP awards from $5,665 to $6,165, both houses highlighted the need for an increase in the income threshold for independent students in their respective proposals.

As the next phase of negotiations gets underway, we ask that our champions of higher education keep the momentum going and, ultimately, help us achieve history for ALL students upon the 50th anniversary of TAP.