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What is Satisfactory Academic Progress and Program Pursuit?

To remain eligible for State student financial assistance, a student must remain in good academic standing. Two elements make up good academic standing: making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree and pursuing the program of study.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is a term applied to an assessment of whether a student is making appropriate progress towards degree completion.

Satisfactory Academic Progress is reviewed when evaluating students for

  • Academic Probation and Dismissal
  • Federal Financial Aid eligibility (PELL)
  • NY State Financial Aid (TAP)

The benchmarks for SAP are:

  • how many credits are accumulated each semester towards the degree
  • what grade point average the student earns
  • percentage of credits completed the prior semester/year  (Program Pursuit)

Different criteria are used for different students based on:

  • When the student started their degree program, because the regulations change from time to time.
  • The student’s academic starting point.
  • The number of credits attempted
NOTE:  A student who requires significant developmental work before being ready for college level work has a different progress chart from someone who is basically college-ready.

Program pursuit is defined as completing a percentage of the minimum full-time course load in each term an award is received.  That means getting a grade in the class. The percentage begins at 50 percent of the minimum full-time course load in each term of the first year an award is received, to 75 percent in each term of the second year an award is received, to 100 percent in each term of the third year an award is received and thereafter.

Pursuit is an effort or completion requirement rather than an achievement requirement

  • Grades of A through F and any other grade that indicates the student completed the course (e.g., P or R) are acceptable to meet the pursuit requirement.
  • Any W grade or any grade which indicates the student failed to complete the course or assignments cannot be used to satisfy the pursuit requirement.
  • Incomplete (INC) grades can be used to meet the pursuit requirement providing college policy requires the grade to be resolved to a passing or failing grade by the end of the subsequent term.
  • Grades earned in remedial courses as well as credit-bearing courses can be included in meeting the pursuit requirement.  

Every student must be in good academic standing in order to be eligible for financial support and in order to stay enrolled in their degree program.  To avoid problems there are two main “rules”

  • Complete every course you take 
  • Pass every course you complete

Q. How do the new regulations for NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) affect me?
A. It depends on your status.  Check below to see if you come under the old or new progress chart based on when you first received TAP and other criteria.

  1. If you received your first TAP payment before Fall 2007 there will be NO CHANGE.  Your progress chart for TAP eligibility is the OLD chart, see below.
  1. If you received your first TAP payment between Fall 2007 - Spring 2009, the regulations are different for remedial and non-remedial students.
    1. Remedial students are defined as students who took at least 9 hours of remedial/ developmental classes in the first year OR College Discovery students.  You will continue to be under the old TAP schedule for the remainder of your time in college.
    2. Non-remedial students who are currently TAP eligible under the new rules must continue to meet the new academic progress criteria for Spring 2011 and beyond.  Students who are not TAP eligible under the new regulations will have until summer 2011 to accelerate their academic progress. You will be evaluated under the old criteria for Fall ’10 and Spring ’11, as a transition period. However, you will be evaluated according to the progress criteria on the new chart as of summer 2011 and for the remainder of your time in college.
  1. If you are receiving your first TAP payment in Fall 2010, the regulations are different for remedial and non-remedial students.
    1. Remedial students are defined as students who took at least 9 hours of remedial/ developmental classes in the first year OR College Discovery students.  You will continue to be under the old TAP schedule for the remainder of your time in college
    2. Non-remedial students will be evaluated for TAP eligibility under the new regulations effective immediately.

Old TAP Academic Progress Chart

Before being certified for this TAP payment
1
2
3
4
5
6
A student must have a prior semester course completion of the following percentage (%) of their coursework

00

50

50

75

75

100
Must have accrued at least this many credits  (passed classes)
00
03
09
18
31
45
With at least this grade point average (GPA)
00
0.5
0.75
1.30
2.0
2.0
 

NEW  TAP Academic Progress Chart: effective AY 2010-2011

Before being certified for this TAP payment
1
2
3
4
5
6
A student must have a prior semester course completion of the following percentage (%)  of their coursework

00

50

50

75

75

100
Must have accrued at least this many credits  (passed classes)
00
06
15
30
45
60
With at least this grade point average (GPA)
00
1.5
1.8
2.0
2.0
2.0

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