State Standards for Academic Performance


State Aid and TAP Academic Performance Chart

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Performance Chart applies to all students receiving payments from TAP program.

Good academic standing requirement for New York State financial aid programs consists of both an “Academic Progress” and a “Program Pursuit” component as explained below.

To be eligible for a TAP award, students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits or the equivalent. Courses may be counted toward full-time study only if they are applicable toward a degree. Electives are acceptable when taken in accordance with published degree requirements. A student may take courses not applicable to a degree in a given semester as long as the coursework is above the minimum full-time requirement of 12 credits. Undergraduate students may receive TAP awards for eight semesters; SEEK students may receive TAP awards for 10 semesters.

To receive each TAP payment:

  • you must have completed a specific number of credits in the previous TAP semester;

  • you must have accumulated a specific number of credits towards your degree;

  • you must maintain a specific minimum GPA (grade point average); and

  • you must have declared a major by the time you complete 60 credits.

In order to receive TAP and scholarships, a student must meet specific academic standards. Students will be evaluated depending on when they received their first TAP payment and whether they are in a remedial program.

First-Time TAP Recipients 2010–2011 and Later, Non-Remedial

To receive payment number:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

You must have completed at least











this many credits in the previous semester:

0

6

9

12

12

12

15

15

15

15

You must have accumulated these many credits











toward your degree:

0

6

15

27

39

51

66

81

96

111

You must have a GPA of:

0

1.5

1.8

1.8

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0


First-Time TAP Recipients 2006–2007 and Remedial Students

To receive payment number:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

You must have completed at least











this many credits in the previous payment semester:

0

6

9

12

12

12

15

15

15

15

You must have accumulated these











many credits toward your degree:

0

3

9

21

33

45

60

75

90

105

You must have a GPA of:

0

1.1

1.2

1.3

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

Note: Students who believe that they may not meet the new TAP standards should consider registering for additional credits. In all cases, students should weigh the impact of failing or withdrawing from courses on their future eligibility for TAP.

“Remedial student” is defined as student:

(A) Whose scores on a recognized placement exam or nationally recognized standardized exam indicated the need for remediation for at least two semesters, as certified by the college and approved by the State Education Department (SED);

(B) Who was enrolled in at least six hours of non-remedial courses, as approved by SED, in the first term they received a TAP award;

(C) Who is or was enrolled in an opportunity program.

*IMPORTANT NUMBERS: Federal Pell Grant (800) 433-3243; TAP (888) 697-4372; Loan Status (518) 473-1688; RETA (Renewed Eligibility

for Financial Aid) (518) 486-7227; Federal Direct Loan (800) 848-0979; USDE (NDSL Perkins Loan Default) (800) 621-3115; Duplicate SAR Applications Status (319) 337-5665.

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Students

Beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, for ADA students who received their first state award during the 2010-11 academic year and thereafter and who are enrolled less than full-time, good academic standing will be determined using new SAP standards which does not modify the requirements for disabled students, but aligns them to be equivalent with those required of full-time students.

 

Program: Baccalaureate Program Calendar: Semester 2015-16 and thereafter (ADA Part-time students)

Before Being Certified for This Payment

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

A Student Must Have Accrued at Least

0

3

9

21

33

45

60

75

90

105

This Many Credits

With At Least This Grade Point Average

 

0

 

1.5

 

1.8

 

1.8

 

2.0

 

2.0

 

2.0

 

2.0

 

2.0

 

2.0

 

 

Program: Associate Program Calendar: Semester 2015-16 and thereafter (ADA Part-time students)

Before Being Certified for This Payment

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

A Student Must Have Accrued at Least

0

3

9

18

30

42

51

60

This Many Credits

With at Least This Grade Point Average

 

0

 

1.3

 

1.5

 

1.8

 

2.0

 

2.0

 

2.0

 

2.0

 

Students with a part-time course load that includes noncredit remedial courses must carry at least three semester hours of credit-bearing work, pursuant to section 145-2.1(a)(1) of the Commissioner’s Regulations: “Effective for academic terms beginning on or after July 1, 1984, a student carrying a part-time program that includes noncredit remedial courses shall carry at least three semester hours a semester.” That means, for example, that a student taking the minimum three semester hours must enroll only in credit-bearing courses.