The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is a state program that gives low income New York citizens financial help to afford college. Turn on the Tap NY is a statewide initiative coordinated by community organizations and college-in-prison providers to remove the ban on TAP funds for incarcerated students. The campaign requests that the Governor and the Legislature restore TAP funding for incarcerated students. It is a moral obligation to restore need-based college financial aid to assist people in prison preparing to re enter society. These programs have several advantages, including increased public safety, cost savings for the state, an increased possibility that the children of those incarcerated would receive an education, and the strengthening of underprivileged communities. In addition, repealing the ban on tuition assistance for incarcerated individuals will provide thousands of New Yorkers with more access and opportunities. For more information about program eligibility, contact the organization directly using the information on this page.