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The New York State Department of
Education has established a set of rules for students receiving awards from the
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) as well as other State funded financial aid programs, including Scholarships and
The requirements apply to all
TAP Recipients (including
incoming freshman, continuing students, transfer students, and readmitted
students) and have been in effect in all Colleges and Universities within New
York State since the
Summer/Fall 1981 semester.
In addition to the income requirements,
full-time student status [a combination of at least 3 academic credits and 12
billable credits the first semester, 6 and 12 respectively thereafter, in
courses that meet the graduation requirements for your curriculum/major],
New York State residency, and U.S. Citizenship, you must: (1) complete the
courses which you enroll in each semester
[see Completion of Courses],
(2) maintain a satisfactory grade point average, and (3) take a sufficient
number of courses each semester to complete your degree within three years.
If you are canceled from a course section, decide
to drop courses, or withdraw from college during the semester, be sure to seek
advisement on the effect this action will have on your TAP award. Be sure to see a financial aid counselor
before you complete the drop or withdrawal transaction.
These TAP rules concern your academic
performance and will only be used to determine whether you can continue to
receive funds from the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and
other State financial aid awards.
They do not replace Hostos Community College regular
academic requirements which appear in the College Catalog in the section
entitled “Academic Standards Policies and Procedures.”
Completion of Courses – in each semester of the
first year of TAP supported study, you must register full-time and complete at
least six (6) credits or a combination of credits, and billable equated
credits totaling six, with passing or failing grades. Billable equated credits represent remedial
and developmental course work.
In each semester of the
second year of TAP supported study, you must register full-time and complete at
least nine (9) credits or a
combination of credits and billable equated credits totaling nine with passing
or failing grades.
In all semester of
TAP supported study after the second year, you must register
full-time and complete twelve (12)
credits, or billable equated credits, with passing or failing grades.
Credit Accumulation – You will have to accumulate credits toward
your degree at an acceptable rate. Your credit accumulation rate must be
sufficient to allow you to earn an Associate Degree in no more than three (3)
years of full-time TAP supported study. Students who are in special programs (College
Discovery) may be allowed more time.
You can view the TAP academic progress charts by clicking here.
The Maintenance of a Satisfactory Grade Point Average – This rule
requires that you maintain a satisfactory grade-point average that will reach at
least a 2.0 or “C” average by the time you have four (4) semesters of State
Exceptions – In unusual circumstances students can receive a
one-time waiver of these requirements.
Detailed information regarding this as well as the above requirements are mailed
to eligible students.
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