TAP 'Biggest-Ever Free College' Program Reaches 6 Percent Of New York Students By Anya Kamenetz • Oct 2, 2017 When he announced the Excelsior Scholarship, billed as the biggest-in-the-nation free college program, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo promised dreams could come true for all. NYS Senate republican tuition plan to protect private colleges By Eileen Buckley • Mar 17, 2017 WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley New York State Senate republicans are proposing a plan to make college more affordable and protect private colleges. They have proposed a significant increase in the Tuition Assistance Program known as TAP. Students converge on Albany to push for financial aid enhancements By WBFO Staff • Feb 14, 2017 WBFO file photo Students from across the state are gathering in Albany today to encourage elected officials to commit more resources to student financial aid programs. New state budget includes financial aid boost By Chris Caya • Apr 2, 2014 Chris Caya/WBFO News Listen Listening... / 1:24 WBFO's Chris Caya reports College students and businesses have something to gain from the recently enacted state budget. One area lawmaker says the local economy should benefit, as well. Silver promotes tapping into TAP for immigrants By Chris Jamele • Mar 10, 2013 WBFO File Photo / Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is proposing tuition assistance for illegal immigrants in New York State.