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Student Life
TAP Appeals

TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND APPEAL PROCESS

NEW YORK STATE STUDENT AID
(TAP)

Academic Standards: For the purpose of receiving state aid, students must adhere to the College’s previously mentioned academic standards and to the following state standards as well.  Students will be permitted a maximum number of six full time semesters (three years) of TAP to earn an associate degree.

Program of Pursuit: Students are required to complete the specified minimum number of credits/billable equivalent credits each semester.

Satisfactory Academic Progress: Students are required to accumulate the following specified minimum number of credits and achieve the following specified cumulative grade point average to be eligible for the TAP award number indicated below.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Update:  N.Y.S student aid recipients must have achieved at least a C average accumulated or its equivalent after completing the second academic year.

PROGRESS CHART FOR STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED 1ST NYS AWARD PRIOR TO 2006-2007

TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR TAP PAYMNET
PRIOR SEMESTER COURSE% COMPLETION
PRIOR DEGREE CREDITS ACCRUED
PRIOR CUMULATIVE G.P.A
1
00
0
0.00
2
50
0
0.00
3
50
6
1.00
4
75
18
1.20
5
75
31
2.00
6
100
45
2.00

PROGRESS CHART FOR STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED 1ST NYS AWARD IN 2006-2007

TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR TAP PAYMENT
PRIOR SEMESTER COURSE% COMPLETION
PRIOR DEGREE CREDITS ACCRUED
PRIOR CUMULATIVE G.P.A
1
00
0
0.00
2
50
3
0.50
3
50
9
0.75
4
75
18
1.30
5
75
30
2.00
6
100
45
2.00

Other Academic Related Issues: Students who withdraw from all courses during a semester will lose eligibility for state aid in the next semester.  Students who fail to meet the above standard and can demonstrate that exceptional circumstances beyond their control impacted negatively on their academic achievement, may be eligible for a one-time waiver.  A waiver will be considered if there is a reasonable probability that the student will regain good academic standing and the student is able to present full documentation to substantiate an appeal.  Students who wish to apply for a TAP Waiver first receive counseling and obtain assistance from the Financial Aid Office.

What is a TAP Appeal?

A TAP appeal is an option available to students who fail to maintain academic progress and program pursuit for state aid.  An appeal provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate that their failure to achieve the required G.P.A, prior semester percentage of course completion and/or credits was due to unusual circumstances such as a medial reason.  Included in the appeal are documents that substantiate the student’s statements and reasons for poor academic performance.  Please note that TAP appeals are not approved automatically and all decisions are final.

What is the process?

  1. Student must get counseling at the FINANCIAL AID OFFICE.
  2. Student prepares appeal and submits the appropriate documents to the office in charge of the particular appeal during the appeal submission dates.
  3. The office reviews the appeal for completeness and submits it to the Appeal Committee.
  4. The committee reviews the appellant’s case and determines if the student will benefit from the approval of an appeal.
  5. The committee sends its decision to the Office of Financial Aid, the TAP Certifying Officer and to the student.

How long will it take?

Minimum two weeks

When can an appeal be submitted?

The Office of Student Life (Student Inquiry Unit) reviews appeals. For further information, you may call the Financial Aid Office (718) 518-6555.

What documents must I submit with my appeal?

  1. Personal Statement - Letter explaining unusual circumstances.  You must proof that     your poor performance was a result to recent unusual circumstances.  In addition, proof that you have been performing well academically prior to your TAP ineligibility.
  2. Academic Plan - A plan of action for improving academic performance.
  3. Student Transcript
  4. Supporting Documents (if applicable), ex. Medical documents, legal documents, etc.
  5. Any other document that will support the appeal
  6. Proof that you have received Financial Aid Counseling/Orientation
  7. TAP ineligible notification letter sent from the Financial Aid Office

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