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Student TAP Coach - Satisfactory Academic Progress



To remain eligible for financial aid, you have to be in good academic standing. To be in good academic standing, you have to make satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of your program of study, and you have to pursue your program of study each term you receive an award payment. Satisfactory progress is a measure of your achievement and requires that you earn a specified number of credits toward your degree or certificate with a minimum specified cumulative grade point average. Pursuit of program is a measure of your effort to complete--to get grades in--a specified percentage of your course load.

Effective for the 1995-96 academic year and thereafter, New York State Education Law requires that a recipient of State student financial aid maintain a minimum cumulative C average after receiving four full-time semester award payments or the equivalent.

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.

Standard of Satisfactory Academic Progress
for the Purpose of Determining Eligibility for State Student Aid

Effective 2010-11 for non-remedial students receiving first NYS award payment in 2010-11 and thereafter. Students enrolled in an approved certificate program will use the 2006 SAP charts.

Program: Baccalaureate Program
Calendar: Semester
Before Being Certified for This Payment1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits0615273951668196111
With At Least This Grade Point Average01.51.81.82.02.02.02.02.02.0

Programs: Associate Program
Calendar: Semester
Before Being Certified for This Payment1st2nd3rd4th5th6th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits0615273951
With at Least This Grade Point Average01.31.51.82.02.0


Program: Baccalaureate Program
Calendar: Trimester
Before Being Certified for This Payment1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th11th12th13th14th15th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits04814223038465666768696106116
With at Least This Grade Point Average01.11.51.51.82.02.02.02.02.02.02.02.02.02.0

Program: Associate Program
Calendar: Trimester
Before Being Certified for This Payment1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits026142230384654
With At Least This Grade Point Average01.01.31.51.51.82.02.02.0


Note: The 2011-12 enacted NYS budget mandates the following standards of progress, enacted in 2006-07, shall be used for non-remedial students who first receive State aid in 2007-08 through 2009-10 and for students who meet the definition of "remedial student" in 2010-11 and thereafter.

Standard of Satisfactory Academic Progress
for the Purpose of Determining Eligibility for State Student Aid

Effective for students whose first award was received in 2006-07, 2007-08 through 2009-10 and 2010-11 and thereafter for those who meet the definition of "remedial student." Students enrolled in an approved certificate program will use the 2006 SAP charts.
Program: Baccalaureate Program
Calendar: Semester 2006-07 through 2009-10, and 2010-11 and thereafter remedial students (if your first award was in 2010-11 and thereafter, and you do not meet the definition of a remedial student, see charts for non-remedial students)
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 3 9 21 33 45 60 75 90 105
With At Least This Grade Point Average 0 1.1 1.2 1.3 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
Program: Associate Program
Calendar: Semester 2006-07 through 2009-10, and 2010-11 and thereafter remedial students (if your first award was in 2010-11 and thereafter, and you do not meet the definition of a remedial student, see charts for non-remedial students)
Before Being Certified for This Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits 0 3 9 18 30 45
With At Least This Grade Point Average 0 .5 .75 1.3 2.0 2.0
Program: Baccalaureate Program
Calendar: Trimester 2006-07 through 2009-10, and 2010-11 and thereafter remedial students (if your first award was in 2010-11 and thereafter, and you do not meet the definition of a remedial student, see charts for non-remedial students)
Before Being Certified for This Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits 0 2 4 9 17 25 33 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110
With At Least This Grade Point Average 0 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.3 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
Program: Associate Program
Calendar: Trimester 2006-07 through 2009-10, and 2010-11 and thereafter remedial students (if your first award was in 2010-11 and thereafter, and you do not meet the definition of a remedial student, see charts for non-remedial students)
Before Being Certified for This Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits 0 2 4 9 15 21 30 37 45
With At Least This Grade Point Average 0 .5 .5 .75 .75 1.3 2.0 2.0 2.0

If you received your first award prior to the 2006-07 academic year, your college may adopt the above standards in Education Law or may continue to use standards of satisfactory academic progress submitted to and approved by the Commissioner of Education.

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