Good Academic Standing Requirements

To receive New York State (NYS)-sponsored grants or scholarships, the student must be in good academic standing. For NYS financial aid purposes, good academic standing consists of two components:

1. Pursuit of Program--a requirement that a student receive a passing or failing grade (A-F letter grade) in a certain percentage of courses each term, depending on the number of state awards the student has received. The percentage is determined according to the following schedule:

Number of   payment

Must receive a grade (A-F) for

1, 2

50% of minimum full-time requirement (six credit hours on   a semester calendar)

3, 4

75% (nine credit hours)

5 or more

100% (12 credit hours)

For half-time accelerated payments, the above percentages are applied to the minimum half-time requirement (six credits on a semester calendar) to determine pursuit of program. The pursuit of program requirement is continuous as a student passes from undergraduate to graduate study; payments a student received as an undergraduate are added to graduate payments to determine the number of payments.

Students should carefully consider withdrawing from courses as this may impact the student's eligibility under the Pursuit of Program requirement.   For example, if the student has received 3 payments(which requires the completion of at least 9 credits), is enrolled in 12 credits but decides to withraw from 4 credits - the student will not be eligible for the next scholarship payment because the student would only be completing 8 credits.

2. Satisfactory Academic Progress--a requirement that students accumulate a specified number of credits and achieve a specified cumulative grade point average each term, depending on the number of state award payments students have received. For students who received their first state award prior to and including academic year 2005-06, institutions are required to use a standard of satisfactory academic progress, approved by the New York State Commissioner of Education, to determine academic progress. NOTE: After students have received the equivalent of four semester payments of any state award, students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. For students who received their first award in the academic year 2006-07 and thereafter, institutions must use the satisfactory academic progress standards in Education Law section 665.

TAP PROGRESS CHART – BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMS

 

 

6

12

18

24

30

36

42

48

54

60

Before being certified for this payment

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th**

10th**

A student must have accrued at least this many credits

0

6

15

30

45

60

75

90

105

120

With at least this grade-point average

0

1.5

1.8

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

.

Helpful HESC Links:

http://www.hesc.com/content.nsf/SFC/Student_TAP_Coach_Good_Academic_Standing

http://www.hesc.com/content.nsf/SFC/Student_TAP_Coach_C_Average_Requirement

http://www.hesc.com/content.nsf/SFC/Student_TAP_Coach_Failure_to_Make_Progress

http://www.hesc.com/content.nsf/SFC/Student_TAP_Coach_Failure_to_Pursue

http://www.hesc.com/content.nsf/SFC/Student_TAP_Coach_Loss_of_Good_Academic_Standing

http://www.hesc.com/content.nsf/SFC/Student_TAP_Coach_Program_Pursuit

http://www.hesc.com/content.nsf/SFC/Student_TAP_Coach_Satisfactory_Academic_Progress

 

 

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