The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a confidential, school-based program to support students who may be struggling due to their social, emotional or behavioral concerns. SAP team members work with school staff, parents and students to address learning and school success issues through the process of removing barriers to learning and supporting student resilience and success in academics and life.
A referral is made to the SAP team when teachers, administrators, or other school personnel notice a problem in a student. Referrals are anonymous and can be submitted by any school personnel, including but not limited to counselors and classroom teachers.
When a referral is received, the SAP team will gather information from all school personnel who have contact with the student. This information includes student performance, attendance, behavior and other identifying factors. The SAP team will also consult with the parent and student to help determine the presenting problem and its impact on the student’s learning and school success.
Once the team has gathered and discussed the relevant data, they will develop a plan for intervention that will include strategies for removing the barriers to learning and promoting the student’s academic and personal success to include in-school and/or community-based services and activities. The team will then work with the student and family to implement the plan to promote a successful return to school.
SSSP offers several programs and events during the academic year to support entering freshmen, continuing and transfer students who are in need of guidance, mentoring or tutoring to improve their academic standing. These programs provide an opportunity to meet and interact with upper division students who can share their experiences, knowledge, skills and resources.
The SSSP Cultural Diversity Program provides students with an opportunity to express their cultural identity through the presentation of art, food or music from their own culture. Faculty-led sessions are also offered to promote student appreciation and understanding of the cultures of others.
Student Assistance Program Awards are available to qualifying New York State students studying full-time or part-time at approved colleges and universities throughout the state. Award amounts vary depending on family income, number of family members attending college full-time and the size of the annual appropriation for TAP.
Families with a New York State NET taxable income of $80,000 or less qualify for TAP awards. TAP awards are not a loan but a grant, which does not have to be paid back.
TAP is one of the many grants and scholarships programs offered through the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation. To find out if your school is approved for TAP, visit the HESC website.
If you are a high school senior who wants to attend college next fall, apply for TAP now. You can do this online at the TAP website and you will receive an email when you have been accepted to receive TAP for your college.
TAP will cover the cost of tuition at any New York State approved public, private or independent college or university for eligible families. TAP is available for full-time and part-time students who are enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester. For more information related to this topic, click here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuition_Assistance_Program.