Education Law section 661(4)(g) 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."
ADA Part-time TAP recipients must meet all TAP eligibility requirements. Prior to the 2015-16 academic year, good academic standing was determined using the same satisfactory academic progress standard used for Aid for Part-time Study—that was, for each ADA Part-time TAP award, a recipient had two semesters to meet the progress standard.
Beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, a new paragraph e was added to subdivision 6 of section 665 of the Education Law to establish standards of academic progress for students with disabilities who are TAP eligible and attending college part-time in accordance with Commissioner's regulations. It also provides that upon each certification, payment eligibility shall be determined and measured proportionally in equivalence with full-time study for students who are disabled as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
That is, institutions will use the number of payment points a student has received to evaluate good academic standing. To clarify, an ADA student attending part-time will have two or more terms before they need to be evaluated at the next level of the SAP chart. NOTE: because an ADA student receives partial payments, round the points down to the nearest number of full payments to evaluate good academic standing.
Example: At a semester based school, student A has previously received the equivalent of 3 TAP payments (18 payment points). Student A will not have to be evaluated until he/she has taken the equivalent of 12 credits and accrued 6 additional TAP points.
*Program Pursuit remains unchanged.
Standard of Satisfactory Acadmic Progress for the Purpose of Determining Eligibility for State Student Aid
Effective for 2015-16, students who are disabled as defined by the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, first receiving aid in 2010-11 and thereafter, must meet the new standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
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.
Prior to 2011, awards used one-half of a TAP payment of eligibility.
Effective with the 2011-12 academic year, HESC calculates 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 full-time tuition on the roster must be changed to reflect the student's actual tuition liability. 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.
ADA payment will be made for students taking 3-11 credits as shown below:
ADA payment will be made for students taking 3-7 credits as shown below:
TAP Manual, Chapter 5, Section 5.09(b)