Proof of High School Completion Requirement for State and Federal Aid Purposes

Eligibility Requirements for State Aid

To be eligible for TAP students must:

  • have graduated from high school in the United States*, earned a high school equivalency diploma by passing a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), formally known as a GED
  • study at an approved postsecondary institution in New York state
  • if home-schooled, must obtain a GED or high school equivalency diploma. A letter from the superintendent of the school district is not acceptable.

If you do not have a high school diploma you may:

  • obtain a NY high school equivalencydiploma through completion of the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) and submit your high school equivalencytranscript (GED/TASC) test scores to our office. Information regarding this process can be found online at
  • obtain a NY high school equivalency diploma through assessment of  matriculated college credits. Note that this requires a specific distribution of 24 college credits, as outlined by the New York State Education Department. Please review these requirements and obtain the application online at

*To be acceptable, the high school must be authorized, recognized, or approved by the state in which it operates and the student must have been residing in the state which has jurisdiction.

Eligibility Requirements for Federal Aid

To be eligible to receive federal student aid, you must:

  • have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate, or have completed homeschooling; or
  • Have been enrolled in college or career school prior to July 1, 2012 and have completed at least 6 credit hours or equivalent course work toward a degree or certificate (you may not receive aid while earning the 6 credit hours).

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