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Education Law section 661(d)(4) provides that for students who are disabled as defined by the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, “the full-time attendance requirement is eliminated. Such disabled students may be in part-time attendance, as defined by the commissioner in order to be eligible to receive payments. . . “

According to section 145-2.1(a)(4) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, for a student with a disability, “part-time study or attendance shall mean enrollment for at least three but less than 12 semester hours per semester or the equivalent, or at least two but less than eight semester hours per quarter.”

Other than full-time enrollment, ADA Part-Time TAP recipients must meet all TAP eligibility requirements. Good academic standing is determined using the same satisfactory academic progress standard used for Aid for Part-Time Study—that is, for each ADA Part-Time TAP award, a recipient has two semesters to meet the progress standard. Awards use one-half of a TAP payment of eligibility.

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.

Effective with the 2011-12 academic year, HESC will calculate TAP awards as a percentage of the award the ADA student would be eligible to receive if the student were enrolled full-time, similar to the current Part-time TAP award calculation formula. Consistent with such formula, this percentage is obtained by dividing the number of credits the student is enrolled in, as certified by the school, by the number of credits required for full-time study in the semester, trimester or term. The TAP points used will also be based on this percentage (see the charts below for information on award percentages and points accrual based on credits being taken).

Certifications for ADA students will only be accepted via HESC’s web site. The HescWeb screens for “STUDENT RECORD MAINTENANCE,” “VIEW/SUBMIT PENDING CERTIFICATION,” and “VIEW/CORRECT STUDENT CERTIFICATION” will be modified to indicate the student meets the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 guidelines, and to allow the reporting of credits being taken in the Enrollment Status drop down list.

Consistent with Part-time TAP, any semester, quarter or term of attendance during which a student receives an ADA TAP award shall be counted as the enrollment factor percent of a semester, quarter or term toward the maximum term of eligibility for TAP awards. The total period of study for which payment may be made shall not exceed the equivalent of the maximum period authorized for that award.

The Report of Students Certified as Part-time for a Non-Summer Term (HE8278), which is currently sent to the school, will no longer be produced.

Part-time Credits

Semester Schools

ADA payment will be made for students taking 3-11 credits as shown below:
Points Accrual for Part-time ADA Payments - Semester Schools
Credits
Percent of Full Award
Points Accrued
3
25.00%
1.5
4
33.34%
2
5
41.67%
2.5
6
50.00%
3
7
58.34%
3.5
8
66.67%
4
9
75.00%
4.5
10
83.34%
5
11
91.67%
5.5

Trimester Schools

ADA payment will be made for students taking 3-7 credits as shown below:
Points Accrual for Part-time ADA Payments - Trimester Schools
Credits
Percent Of Full Award
Points Accrued
3
37.50%
1.5
4
50.00%
2
5
62.50%
2.5
6
75.00%
3
7
87.50%
3.5

Note: ADA recipients who meet all other certification requirements, but are taking only two credits in a term at a trimester-based school, will require special processing. Contact HESC at (888) 697-4372 option 2 or e-mail Scholarships@hesc.ny.gov for instructions regarding the certification of these students.


See also...

TAP Manual, Chapter 5, Section 5.09(b)