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Limitation of Award Amount

Certain forms of federal, State, and institutional assistance are considered to duplicate the purposes of TAP awards, Aid for Part-Time Study awards, and Veterans Tuition Awards and therefore limit the amount of these awards.

According to section 145-2.13 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the following awards are duplicative:

  • An educational grant or scholarship by the Armed Forces of the United States or by a federal agency that provides tuition assistance;
  • A tuition grant awarded by a New York State department or agency;
  • Tuition remission or a tuition grant or waiver awarded by the institution on the basis of the student’s status as a faculty or staff member or dependent; service as a graduate assistant or other services related to the student’s program; or the student’s enrollment in a particular program of study.
  • Any other educational grants or scholarships if the combination of such awards with other benefits would exceed the student’s full cost of tuition and maintenance*.

The following forms of assistance are not duplicative: 


  • Pell grants
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
  • Montgomery G.I. Bill (benefits of the Veterans Readjustment Act of 1966)
  • United States War Orphan’s Educational Benefits
  • Special assistance for disadvantaged students



  • Tuition grants from VESID at the State Education Department
  • Tuition grants from the Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped of the Department of Social Services



  • Academic, athletic or other prizes if the combination of such awards with TAP awards does not exceed the student’s cost of tuition and maintenance;
  • Nonservice grants by the institution, or tuition credit in lieu of grants to supplement the State award based on the student’s total financial need;
  • Salary, or tuition credit in lieu of salary, representing payment solely for services performed and not as a tuition grant or waiver.

*”Maintenance” is defined in section 145-2.13 as “charges for room, board, transportation, textbooks and instructional material, and personal or other expenses normally calculated by the institution for determining student expenses” for financial aid purposes.

Loss of Good Academic Standing

Education Law requires that a student be in good academic standing to be eligible for State student financial assistance. Education Law also authorizes the Commissioner of Education to define “loss of good academic standing.”

Section 145-2.2 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education defines the academic criteria to remain in good academic standing. 

For students who received a State award prior to September 1, 1981, the academic requirements are as follows:

      (1) Attendance. Failure of the student to pursue the program of study will result in loss of eligibility to receive an award. The institution, in recording and reporting student academic progress, shall take cognizance of attendance as it relates to progress.

(2) Good academic standing. Good academic standing, where required by law, means that: (i) the institution maintains a formal, published statement of its requirements for the maintenance of good academic standing; (ii) the student is matriculated at the institution; and (iii) the institution has determined that the student meets its standards for good academic standing.

Students who received their first State award during the 1981-82 academic year and thereafter must maintain good academic standing. Section 145-2.2 defines loss of good academic standing for these students:

      (1) Loss of good academic standing for full-time study or part-time study, whichever is applicable, shall be determined at the end of each term of the academic year and shall mean that a student has either: (i) failed to pursue the program of study in which he is enrolled. . . ; or (ii) failed to make satisfactory progress toward the completion of his program’s academic requirements.

(2) Following a determination that the recipient of an award has lost good academic standing, further payments of any award under article 13 or 14 of the Education Law shall be suspended until the student is restored to good academic standing by either: (i) pursuing the program of study in which he is enrolled and making satisfactory progress toward the completion of his program’s requirements; or (ii) establishing in some other way, to the satisfaction of the commissioner, evidence of his ability to successfully complete an approved program.

Satisfactory academic progress toward the completion of the student’s program requirements is ameasure of achievement and requires the student to earn a minimum number of credits with a minimum grade point average in each term an award is received.

Pursuing the program of study is a measure of effort and requires the student to complete—with a passing or failing grade--a certain percentage of the minimum course load (from 50 percent, to 75 percent to 100 percent) in each term an award is received.

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