For financial aid purposes, good academic standing consists of two elements: satisfactory academic progress and pursuit of program. Satisfactory progress is a measure of the student’s achievement, of earning credits toward a degree or certificate with a specified grade point average. Pursuit of program is a measure of the student’s effort to complete a program.
In accordance with section 145-2.2 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, each institution participating in State student financial aid programs must determine whether a student is in good academic standing based on a standard of satisfactory academic progress comprising a minimum number of credits to be accrued (earned) with a minimum cumulative grade point average in each term an award payment is received. The progress standard is most clearly presented in chart format (see below).
After 4 Tap payments (24 TAP pts) being received from one or more colleges, a student must be maintaining a 2.0 Grade Point Average to continue to receive TAP awards.
Effective for the 2010-11 academic year and thereafter, New York State Education Law requires a non-remedial student, whose first award year is in 2010-11 and thereafter, must meet new standards of satisfactory academic progress (SAP). Non-remedial students whose first year is 2007-08 through 2009-10 must meet the SAP requirements enacted in 2006. Those meeting the definition of "remedial student" are not subject to the new SAP standards, but will use the requirements established in 2006. The law enacted in 2006 mandated minimum standards of satisfactory academic progress for students receiving their first State award in academic year 2006-07 year.
Effective 2010-11 for non-remedial students receiving first NYS award payment in 2010-11 and thereafter. Remedial students and students enrolled in an approved certificate program will use the 2006 SAP charts.
ELIGIBILITY CHART FOR NEW YORK STATE TAP GRANT
(for non-remedial students first receiving TAP in 2010-2011 and thereafter effective 2011-2012 school year)
TAP PAYMENT: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Earned Degree Credits: 0 6 15 27 39 51 NA NA
Minimum G.P.A. 0 1.3 1.5 1.8 2.0 2.0 NA NA
“Remedial student” is defined as a student:
(a) whose scores on a recognized college 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); or
(b) who was enrolled in at least six semester hours of non-credit remedial courses, as approved by SED, in the first term they received a TAP award; or
(c) who is or was enrolled in an opportunity program (HEOP, EOP, SEEK CD).
ELIGIBILITY CHART FOR NEW YORK STATE TAP GRANT 2006 Standards
(for defined ‘remedial students’ first receiving TAP in 2007-2008 and thereafter or students first receiving TAP in 2007-2008 through and including 2009-2010)
TAP PAYMENT: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Earned Degree Credits: 0 3 9 21 33 45 NA NA
Minimum G.P.A. 0 0.5 0.75 1.3 2.0 2.0 NA NA
SIX SEMESTER LIMIT: The Governor and the Legislature of New York State have placed a limit of 6 TAP payments for students enrolled in a two year program of study. NOTE: All prior TAP or STAP payments received by a student, regardless of the college the student attended, are factored into the six semester limit.
EXAMPLE: A student received four TAP payments while at college X. The student transfers to Sullivan into a two year program. This student has two TAP payments left (6-4=2).
NYS TAP - Program Pursuit
Program pursuit is defined in regulations as completing—getting a grade in--a percentage of the minimum full-time course load in each term an award is received. The percentage, as specified in regulations, begins at 50 percent of the minimum full-time course load in each term of the first year an award is received, to 75 percent in each term of the second year an award is received, to 100 percent in each term of the third year an award is received and thereafter.
Pursuit is an effort or completion requirement rather than an achievement requirement, so courses in which a student receives either passing or failing grades can be used to satisfy the pursuit requirement. Thus, grades of A through F and any other grade that indicates the student completed the course and all necessary assignments (e.g., P, S, U, R) are acceptable to meet the pursuit requirement. W grades or any grade which indicates the student failed to complete the course or assignments cannot be used to satisfy the pursuit requirement. Incomplete (I) grades can be used to meet the pursuit requirement providing college policy requires the grade to be resolved to a passing or failing grade no later than the end of the subsequent term.
Grades earned in remedial courses as well as credit-bearing courses can be included in meeting the pursuit requirement.
NOTE: To be eligible for a TAP Grant, you must be a New York State resident enrolled and attending a minimum of 12 credits toward your degree through 3 weeks of classes. These 12 credits DO NOT include courses you are repeating for which you have received a prior letter grade, including the letter grade of "I" or "X". If your prior letter grade was an "F" or "W" and the course is required for graduation, then this course is counted in the 12 credits. If your prior letter grade was a "D" and a grade of "C" or better is required for your program major, then this course is counted in the 12 credits.