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Undergraduate Eligibility for State TAP Awards

New York State TAP Awards

To receive financial aid awards from New York State, including Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding, students must meet the academic standing requirements established by the New York State Education Department. These requirements are different than those set forth by the Federal government, and apply only to New York State awards.

The basic measures for good academic standing for TAP Awards include the following:
• Pursuit of Program: A student must receive a passing or failing grade (A-F) in a certain percentage of courses each term.
• Satisfactory Academic Progress: A student must accumulate a specified number of credits and achieve a specified cumulative grade point average (GPA).

The requirements for meeting these standards increase as the student progresses, and are based upon the number of State awards that the student has already received. Students failing to meet the established criteria are eligible to request a one-time waiver of the academic and/or “C” average requirement(s) if extenuating circumstances played a factor in their academic performance. Examples of such circumstances could include an illness, accident, separation or divorce, or the death of a relative. An appeal must be made in writing to Long Island University and include an explanation of the circumstance(s) that may have adversely affected the student’s ability to meet the academic requirements, and the plan or changes that have occurred which will allow them to make SAP in the future. All appeals must be accompanied by supporting documentation, such as a letter from a doctor or attorney. If a waiver is granted, the student will be eligible for the State award for the semester for which they were granted the waiver. The student must continue to meet the academic progress and pursuit of program requirements to receive further awards.

The charts below outline the progress that is required for an undergraduate student to be considered in good standing:

Baccalaureate Semester Based Program Chart (2006 Standards)
Applies to students first receiving aid in 2007-08 through and including 2009-10 and remedial students first receiving aid in 2007-08 and thereafter.

Before Being Certified for Payment:

UNDERGRADUATE ELIGIBILITY FOR STATE TAP AWARDS

Semester A student must have accrued at least this many credits With at least this GPA
1st Payment 0 0
2nd Payment 3 1.1
3rd Payment 9 1.2
4th Payment 21 1.3
5th Payment 33 2.0
6th Payment 45 2.0
7th Payment 60 2.0
8th Payment 75 2.0
9th Payment HEOP only 90 2.0
10th Payment HEOP only 105 2.0

Baccalaureate Semester Based Program Chart (2010 Standards)
Applies to non-remedial students first receiving aid in 2010-11 and thereafter.

Before Being Certified for Payment:

UNDERGRADUATE ELIGIBILITY FOR STATE TAP AWARDS

Semester A student must have accrued at least this many credits With at least this GPA
1st Payment 0 0
2nd Payment 6 1.5
3rd Payment 15 1.8
4th Payment 27 1.8
5th Payment 39 2.0
6th Payment 51 2.0
7th Payment 66 2.0
8th Payment 81 2.0
9th Payment HEOP only 96 2.0
10th Payment HEOP only 111 2.0

Notes:
• All students must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits per semester. A student may not receive a NY State award for repeating a class that they have already successfully completed (i.e. the credits for a repeated class for which the student has already received a satisfactory grade will not count towards the full-time requirement).
• The standards that a student must meet are dependent upon when a student first received an award from NY State, as well as their remedial status.
• A student is placed on the chart above based upon their total TAP points received, including any award(s) received at a previous institution(s).
• To continue to receive TAP funding, a minimum number of credits must be completed each term, as well as on a cumulative basis.
• A student must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) prior to being certified for a TAP payment. This average increases as the student progresses in payment points.
• All students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (a “C” average) or better after accumulating 24 or more payment points (e.g., 4 full time semesters).
• A student who is not making progress, and/or is not meeting the “C” average requirement may request a one-time waiver if extenuating circumstances affected their academic performance. A student may only receive this waiver once for NY state awards.
• Students who do not have a high school diploma or GED from within the United States or from the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam or the Northern Mariana Islands must also pass the State’s Ability to Benefit (ATB) test. College graduates from the United States and recognized foreign colleges and universities (per the country’s ministry of education) are exempt from this exam.
• Students must declare a major before the start of their junior year.