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Noncredit Study

Regulations of the Commissioner of Education permits the inclusion of noncredit or remedial study in determining whether a student satisfies the requirements for full-time or part-time study.

As stated in the regulation, “. . . noncredit or remedial courses may . . . be considered as contributing toward full-time or part-time study on an hour-for-hour equivalent basis, if the student effort required is the same as would be required for a credit-bearing course in conformity with subdivision (o) of section 50.1 of this Title [defining a semester hour of credit], and if required or approved by the school, in a plan of study prefiled by the student with the school, as an integral part of the student’s program.”

The regulation also specifies limitations on remedial study: “Effective for academic terms beginning after January 1, 1978, a student carrying a full-time program that includes noncredit remedial courses shall carry at least six semester hours a semester, except that in the first semester of study, such a student need carry only three semester hours. 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. A combination of such credit and remedial work shall equal the minimum student effort requirement for full-time study or part-time study, respectively, in nonremedial programs.”

The reference in the regulation to the “first semester of study” means the student’s first semester of college-level study, not the first semester at a particular institution.

It should be noted that although the regulation permits a student to take up to half the minimum full-time or part-time course load in noncredit remedial study in each semester, at a certain point satisfactory academic progress credit accrual requirements will limit the number of noncredit remedial courses a student can include and still meet those credit accrual requirements.

NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Scholarships

The NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Program is offered to encourage students to pursue careers as math and science teachers in secondary education (grades 7-12). Awards are made to students attending school at the undergraduate and/or graduate degree level in exchange for five years of full-time employment as math or science teachers in secondary education in NYS.


NOTE: If you are a high school senior you may not apply at this time.  You may apply in January of your first year of college.

An applicant must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • be attending a college located in NYS;
  • be matriculated in an approved undergraduate or graduate program full-time at a degree-granting institution in NYS leading to a career as a math or science teacher in secondary education;
  • have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher;
  • not be a recipient of an award under the NYS Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program;
  • execute a Service Contract agreeing to work full-time for five years as a math or science teacher in secondary education in NYS. View the terms and conditions of the service contract;
  • be in a non-default status on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or repayment of any NYS award; and
  • be in compliance with the terms of any service condition imposed by NYS a award.

Award Amount

A recipient receives an annual award payment for full-time study equal to the annual tuition charged to a NYS resident student attending an undergraduate program at the State University of New York (SUNY), or actual tuition charged, whichever is less. For the 2016-17 academic year, the standard SUNY tuition rate is $6,470.

Note: Any award payment received may have tax implications. Any questions regarding potential tax implications should be directed to a tax professional, the Internal Revenue Service, or the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance.


A recipient is entitled to annual award payments for not more than four academic years of full-time undergraduate study and one academic year of full-time graduate study while matriculated in an approved program leading to permanent certification as a math or science teacher in secondary education.

How to Apply

Complete and submit the NYS Math & Science Teaching Incentive Web Application. Be sure to print the Web Application Confirmation, sign the application and submit it, along with the required documentation, according to the instructions.

The deadline for filing an application for submitting the NYS Math & Science Teaching Incentive Web Application is March 1, 2017.

Recipient Selection

New applicants will be ranked by GPA and total credits earned. In the event there are more eligible applicants than available funding, awards will be paid according to rank.


A recipient is not required to submit another NYS Math and Science Teaching Incentive Program Web Application once awarded this scholarship, but must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Payment of State Grants, Scholarships and Awards Application each year to receive payment. A recipient seeking payment who is not a resident of NYS may contact the HESC Scholarship Unit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 888-697-4372 to request a Scholarship and Grant Payment Application.

Awards will be paid directly to the colleges on behalf of students upon the successful completion of each academic year.

NOTE: An applicant may attend less than full time during the last undergraduate or graduate year if less than a full-time course load is necessary to complete the degree.


Please contact the Scholarship Unit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 888-697-4372 with questions about this Program.

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