Academic Requirements

  • Academic Requirements

    The following chart outlines the minimum academic requirements for receipt of all New York State Aid programs:

    Minimum Academic Standards for all New York State Programs

    1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th* 8th*
    TAP Points 6 12 18 24 30 36 42 48
    Prior Semester % to Complete 0 50 50 75 75 100 100 100
    Minimum Accrued Degree Credits 0 6 15 27 39 51 60 75
    GPA 0 1.3 1.5 1.8 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0

    * Applicable to students in a four-year degree program.

    Pursuit of Program

    Program pursuit must be determined independently from satisfactory academic progress. Satisfactory program pursuit is defined as receiving a passing or failing grade in a certain percentage of a full-time course load in each term for which an award is received. The percentage increases from 50 percent of the minimum full-time course load (six credits) in each term of study in the first year for which an award is received to 75 percent of the minimum full-time course load (nine credits) in each term of study in the second year for which an award is received, to 100 percent of the minimum full-time course load (12 credits) in each term thereafter.

    Repeating a Course

    If a student repeats a course for which previous credit has been earned of a D- grade or better, it is not counted as part of a full-time load for TAP purposes or as part of the required part-time load for APTS unless required by curriculum.

    Loss of State Aid (TAP/APTS)

    Decertification: Students failing to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress or Program Pursuit requirements will be denied aid the following semester. For example, students who do not meet the standards in the Fall semester will be decertified for the Spring semester.

    Waiver Option (TAP/APTS): When there are extraordinary circumstances, students who do not meet state standards may apply for a one-time waiver during undergraduate study. Granting of a waiver is not automatic and is subject to review by the TAP certifying officer and/or a committee. Waiver applications and further information are available in the Registrar's Office.

    Regaining Eligibility (TAP/APTS): There are four methods by which a student who has lost good academic standing may regain eligibility. The student may:

    1. Make up the deficiencies without benefit of State support. (For example, if a student was at the 75 percent pursuit level and received a grade in six semester hours (three credits short of the minimum), the student can take and complete a three-credit course at his/her own expense.)
    2. Apply for and be granted a waiver for extenuating circumstances.
    3. Be readmitted to the institution after an absence of at least one calendar year for TAP, six months for APTS.
    4. Transfer to another institution and meet the new institution's admissions requirements.