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Satisfactory Progress and Program Pursuit/Waiver Request

New York State Aid

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP is a New York State grant entitlement program for residents of the State. Applicants must be enrolled full time and matriculated in an approved New York State postsecondary program. A FAFSA must be filed first in order to apply for TAP. HESC offers all students the opportunity to apply for TAP on the Web and avoid the paper application process. Applicants who miss the Web link from the online FAFSA or who applied using a paper FAFSA will now have an additional opportunity to apply online for TAP. Simply login to HESC's web site where you can obtain a PIN and complete the Express TAP Application (ETA) on the web. The TAP application is also used to apply for other New York State grant programs and scholarships.

Students receiving New York State grant awards are required to maintain Satisfactory Progress and Program Pursuit according to the chart below. Satisfactory Progress is defined as accruing a minimum number of credits with a minimum grade point average before being certified for the next payment (lines #2 and #3). Program pursuit is defined as the ability to complete a minimum number of credit hours before being certified for the next payment (line #4).


          Points                   6    12      18      24      30      36      42      48      54*     60*

1 Before being certified for this payment 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9* 10*
2 A student must have accrued at least this many credits 0 6 15 27 39 51 66 81 96 111
3 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
4 Credits to be completed since previous award 0 6 6 9 9 12 12 12 12 12

* for approved 5 year programs: EOP and Communication Disorders

TAP Waiver Procedures for SUNY New Paltz
A student may apply for a TAP waiver in “exceptional or extraordinary cases” in which he\she has not met the criteria to receive a TAP award. In certain cases, the requirements regarding Academic Progress or Program Pursuit “may be waived once for an undergraduate student and once for a graduate student if the institution maintains documentation that such waiver is in the best interest of the student.”

The following principles must be kept in mind when applying for a one-time TAP waiver:

  • The waiver is not automatic.
  • The waiver is intended only to accommodate extraordinary or unusual cases.
  • The waiver process includes an assessment of the reasons a student has failed to meet the requirements.
  • The waiver may only be granted when there is a reasonable expectation that the student will meet future requirements.
  • All waiver requests must be made in writing and include a letter of explanation along with any pertinent documentation supporting the waiver application.

TAP Waiver Procedures for SUNY New Paltz
TAP Waiver Request forms are available in the Office of Student Accounts. Please complete a TAP Waiver Request form as soon as you become aware of your potential TAP de-certification status. All waiver request forms should be filed with a letter of explanation and any supporting documentation demonstrating exceptional and extraordinary circumstances regarding the TAP de-certification. Please submit the completed TAP Waiver Request form to the Office of Student Accounts.

Please note that applying for a one-time TAP waiver is not a guarantee that you will be approved. Payment arrangements for the entire balance MUST be made no later than the due date stated on your invoice to avoid potential holds, penalty fees and/or deregistration from classes.

Upon the beginning of the TAP certification process for the semester in question, approximately four (4) weeks after the semester begins, a review panel will evaluate all waiver requests submitted. In most cases, a determination will be made within two (2) weeks and the student will be notified in writing.

Please be aware that the decision made by the review panel is final and not subject to appeal. However, in the event that a request is denied, the student may submit additional documentation for review if they feel that it is pertinent to the original TAP Waiver request.


Waiver of C Average Requirement

According to HESC: Programs, Policies and Procedures:

The C Average requirement may be waived for undue hardship based on:

· the death of a student's relative;
· the student’s personal illness or injury; or
· other extenuating circumstances.

The C Average waiver is separate from the one-time academic standing waiver and may be granted more than once if circumstances warrant.

For more information regarding your TAP Award and the policies that govern waiver requirements, please visit