Satisfactory Academic Progress

Undergraduate students must make satisfactory academic progress towards the completion of your degree in order to remain eligible for state and federal financial aid.

Satisfactory Academic Progress For Federal Financial Aid Programs

  • Minimum GPA - To be in good academic standing you must earn a minimum GPA based on attempted credits as follows: for 0.5-12 credits a minimum GPA of 1.5, for 13-24 credits a minimum GPA of 1.75 and over 24 credits at least a GPA of 2.0.  

  • Minimum GPA for 4 Year Programs - If enrolled in a program of more than two academic years, a student must have a GPA of at least "C" or the equivalent at the end of the second academic year.  This means that a student must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA after being at the school for 4 semesters or 6 quarters without regard to enrollment status. 

  • Maximum Time Frame- The credits a student has attempted is no more than 150% of the credits normally required for the degree For example: if the credits needed for the degree is 120, you can attempt no more than 180 credits.

  • Pace of Progression - You must successfully complete a certain percentage of the total number of credits that you attempt according to the following:

Baccalaureate Degree Programs
Attempted Credits
15 30 45 60 75 90 105 120 135 150 165 180
Earned Credits
0 5 16 27 42 50 63 72 84 95 110 120

 

Associate Degree Programs
Attempted Credits
12 18 24 30 36 42 48 54 60 66 72 78 84 90
Earned Credits
0 2 4 6 13 19 23 27 33 39 44 49 55 61

 

* Attempted credits are courses you registered for and did not drop before the last official withdrawal date

Satisfactory Academic Progress For New York State Financial Aid Programs

  • Attain a minimum GPA as specified in the chart below for each payment requested.
  • You are allowed a total of 48 TAP points for your entire undergraduate degree. You use 6 points for every full-time TAP payment. You may receive up to 6 semesters as an associate degree student. For some special program you can earn up to 10 semesters and 60 allowed a total of 60 points.
  • You must be enrolled full-time, that is, enrolled for at least 12 credits or equated credits that meet the requirements of your curriculum/major.
  • In your first TAP semester, you must be taking at least 3 degree credits as part of your full-time course load. You must take a minimum of 6 degree credits every semester after your first TAP payment.  
  • If you repeat a course that you previously passed, you may not count the repeated course towards full-time enrollment for TAP purposes. If you repeat a course that you previously failed, you may include that course towards full-time enrollment for TAP purposes.
  • Remedial courses may be counted toward either full-time or part-time enrollment for TAP purposes. However, to qualify for TAP, you must always be registered for a certain number of degree credit courses.
  • To receive TAP payments you must make academic progress towards a degree. The minimum academic requirements are indicated in the charts below.

 

New York State Satisfactory Academic Progress Charts

Baccalaureate Program: Students First NYS Award Payment in 2010-11 and After - non-remedial

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
6
15
27
39
51
66
81
96
111

With at Least This Grade Point Average

0
1.5
1.8
1.8
2.0
2.0
2.0
2.0
2.0
2.0

 


Associate 2 Year Program: Students First NYS Award Payment in 2010-11 and After - Non-remedial

Before Being Certified for This Payment

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th

A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits

0
6
15
27
39
51

With at Least This Grade Point Average

0
1.3
1.5
1.8
2.0
2.0

 


Baccalaureate Program: students first receiving aid in 2007-08 through and including 2009-10 and SEEK/CD and Remedial Students first receiving aid in 2007-08 and after

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

 


Associate 2 Year Program:  Students first receiving aid in 2007-08 through and
including 2009-10 and SEEK/CD and Remedial Students first receiving aid in 2007-08 and after

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
0.5
0.75
1.3
2.0
2.0

 

NOTE: This sample standard of satisfactory progress is referred to throughout the preceding guidelines. Generally it would be used to determine continuing eligibility for State support of students who have no "special circumstances." The progress of students with special circumstances, such as those who have transferred from another institution or have used their waiver, must be monitored on an adjusted schedule. 












































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