Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students receiving financial aid must make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in order to continue to receive assistance. In other words, you have to get good grades and complete enough credit hours to keep you moving toward the successful completion of your degree in an acceptable time period. The standards for financial aid eligibility are not necessarily the same as the College’s requirements for Academic Standing.  It is possible to be on probation for academics but not for financial aid (and vice versa).

 

Alert Icon Federal and state aid each have different progress requirements. It is possible to be eligible for one and not the other.

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Federal Aid Academic Requirements

 

Please refer to the charts below for current SAP requirements. Students may generally attempt up to 150% of the credits required to complete their degree requirements. Once this percentage has been exceeded a student will become ineligible for SAP  (90 credits for an Associate’s degree or  180 credits for a Bachelor’s degree). Only courses that count toward your degree are considered “aidable.”

 

 

ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAM

 

Attempted
Credits

0-19.5 20-35.5 36-51.5 52-67.5 68-83.5 84-99
Earned
Credits

3 15 27 39 50 63 or
degree
Minimum
Cumulative
GPA

1.5 1.75 1.9 2.0 2.0 2.0 or
degree

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BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAM

 

Attempted
Credits

0-99 99.5-115.5 116-131.5 132-147.5 148-163.5 164-179.5
Earned
Credits

see
above  
71 82 93 104 115
Minimum
Cumulative
GPA

see
above  
2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0

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Alert Icon An attempted credit refers to any credit that you are enrolled in after the add/drop deadline. Repeated courses, withdrawals after the add/drop deadline, rebated courses and incomplete grades are counted in the attempted credit total. Transfer credits earned at different institutions count toward both attempted and completed credits.

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New York State Academic Requirements

 

New York state residents are eligible for 8 lifetime payments of TAP (only 6 can be received for an Associate degree). Full-time registration is required.

 

 

 

ASSOCIATE DEGREE PROGRAM

 

Before being certified
for this payment:

1 2 3 4 5 6*
A student must have
earned this many credits:

0 6 15 27 39 51
With at least this
cumulative GPA:

0.0 1.3 1.5 1.8 2.0 2.0
Credits to be completed
in preceding semester:


0 6 6 9 9 9

*EOP Students can receive up to 6 TAP payments for an Associate degree.

 

 

BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAM

 

Before being certified
for this payment:

1 2 3 4 5
A student must have
earned this many credits:

0 6 15 27 39
With at least this
cumulative GPA:

0 1.5 1.8 1.8 2.0
Credits to be completed
in preceding semester:


0 6 6 9 9

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Before being certified
for this payment:

6 7 8 9** 10**
A student must have
earned this many credits:

51 66 81 96 111
With at least this
cumulative GPA:

2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
Credits to be completed
in preceding semester:


12 12 12 12 12

**EOP Students can receive up to 10 TAP payments for a Bachelor's degree.

 

Alert Icon Repeated courses for which a student has already received a passing grade CANNOT be counted as part of the full-time certification for TAP. For example, a student will lose their TAP eligibility if they are only registered in 12 credits and one of their classes is being retaken even though it was passed previously.
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