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Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
I am getting my master thru the program and I love it. The instructors are good to work with you since you have to register
during drop/add if a class is full and you need it to graduate.
I used to use it and it was always a fairly easy process. The people in the TAP office are awesome to work with and will
answer whatever questions you have. However, I stopped using it in 2007. When you use TAP, you have to let all other
"paying" students register first and then you get what classes are left, if any. When I was denied registering because
Gainesville became completely full that fall semester, I never used it again, and have paid my way since. I can't
imagine ever using it again, either, because of this.
It was great for me! I just had to have my boss sign off on my classes every semester and fax it to the Registrar's office.
I applied to UGA through the regular admission process, and went from there. I never really had problems getting classes,
though I had to wait until the last registration period each semester, because of the TAP rules. I guess it would depend
on what department you're in; I was in Animal Science. I already had my bachelor's degree, but took some undergraduate
classes, then applied to the graduate program, and had a great experience. Got a great degree for free! I would encourage
you to take advantage of it!
I completed my Accounting Degree with TAP. It is a wonderful program. You have to get supervisors approval and then you have
to wait til the second registration period to register for classes. I never had a problem with getting classes. I am going
back to grad school when my daughter gets older.
Hi Mary, I'm trying to do the same thing and was accepted to UGA for spring. Exciting! What I know so far is I can get 8
hours for free each semester, excluding fees and books, etc. Just covers tuition. My friend Jack Pannecoucke
706-542-8796 in the Registrar's office can help you a lot.
I have taken courses via TAP at Gainesville in Oconee. The real problem is that one can't register until the day before
classes begin so the classes are extremely limited. I have not registered at any other institution, though, so the
results may be different.
Yes, I have participated for a couple of years in the Tap program. It's relatively simple…fill out the form, get your
supervisor to sign and send in. The issue that I have had is that when you are a TAP participant, you are required to
register at a later date. (The date differs per institution, so it depends on where you are getting your degree from).
I have been attending Gainesville State because they offer more nontraditional hour classes than UGA. At Gainesville
the date for TAP participates to register is very late and a lot of times the classes are already full. So, that has
been my only big issue. I have heard others who take classes at UGA say they have not had this problem here. As I said,
each institution sets their deadline for registering if you are a TAP participant. The list of schools/registrations
deadlines is available online through the TAP website too. Hope this helps!
Contact JACK PANNECOUCKE. I'm going through the application process to grad school right now, and he's been extremely
helpful along the way.
I am on the TAP program. I have really enjoyed it. Just fill out the TAP form and see if it works with your work schedule.
The supervisors usually let me use a flex schedule to make up for the time I take my classes. For example, right now,
I only take 30 minute lunches and use 30 minutes of vacation a week. I definitely think it is worth it though because
after I finish my education, I will be able to work myself up instead of being in a dead-end job. I would definitely
advise you to go to school on TAP--its also another benefit of having the job, and I would definitely take advantage of
- To finish your bachelor's degree, go and talk to your adviser and see what you need to take to finish your degree.
Then, make a plan that you want for each semester. After that, present your proposed schedule to your supervisor. My
boss likes for me to propose my own schedule to her with my plans as far as skipping lunches and vacation is concerned.
After three years of one class at a time, I should finish my master's this May. You can't beat free schooling! The only
thing that's been a problem for me is the late registration. Luckily, most of my classes have been within my own
department, so I've been able to get into full classes. Other times I just email the professor, explain the TAP policy
of late registration and ask if there is anything I can do to secure a spot in the class.
I really want to take spanish, and I'm thinking that is going to be a challenge to get into a class that works with my schedule.
My boss has been really supportive throughout the whole thing and that helps too. Good luck!
The TAP program is easy to use and fairly straightforward. You have to apply for the program you are interested in and get
accepted into it. Once you are in, you can take up to 8 credits a semester - just turn in your paperwork on time and
remember to register according to the TAP registration schedule. And keep your grades up, of course! If you are taking
daytime classes, you need to clear scheduling with our supervisor (who has to sign off on your schedule.)
I am in a Masters program here at UGA using TAP - easy peasy!
TAP is super easy. You first have to be accepted to UGA, or reaccepted, and once you are, talk with your supervisor. Your
supervisor has to sign a sheet that says they approve of you taking the classes. Then you can register There are
specific TAP registration dates that are later than the regular students, but in general you can get the classes you
I have used TAP to get my Ph.D. It is pretty simple. You apply to UGA or whatever system school you want to attend and then
you fill out the TAP form each semester. If you degree is work related then you can register with everyone else, but if
not then you have to register during the second wave of registration. I know that some people working on their bachleors
have said that it can be difficult to get into classes because you have to wait until paying students register, but mostly
that is for freshman and sophomore
I just finished my PhD on TAP. IMO, it is a great deal for employees. The main thing is: your supervisor really has to be
on board. Mine was; he was generous in letting me take time off to attend classes. That is the main thing. I have heard
of bosses who were completely inflexible about letting their employee attend classes. Of course, it depends on what your
job entails whether you have the flexibility to attend class. There are very few night classes available. So perhaps the
first step is to find out how supportive your boss is.
That said, it is a long process. You can only take one or two classes per semester. It is hard to complete all the work and
study for tests when you have a full-time job, but it is certainly do-able. You will have to see how many of your previous
credits will apply to your degree. I think you should talk to an academic counselor or undergrad coordinator in the department
you are considering.
I know you've gotten plenty of responses already, but I wanted to put in my $0.02. TAP helped me earn my Master's from
Kennesaw, and it was awesome. Keep in mind: it only pays what it says it pays - if you take online classes, you will be
responsible for paying the premium. Deadlines for TAP registration are EARLY in the year… Maybe November for the spring
semester, etc. You have to be on top of things or you'll miss important dates.
I enrolled in the graduate non-degree program under TAP, and paid the application fee and will pay for books for my class.
I can't register for Spring semester until December 1st.