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Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students receiving financial aid are required to maintain minimum program pursuit and academic progress standards in order to continue to receive assistance.  These standards are different from any academic review.  Which means you may be on probation for academics but not for your financial aid and vice versa.

The requirements are different for FEDERAL Aid and STATE Aid.  Use the following charts indicate the minimum standards you are expected to achieve (effective June 2011).  For more detailed information on these guidelines refer to the college catalog.  Be sure to contact the Student Service Center with any questions you may have.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines - FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID
   (Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, Perkins Loan, Work-Study, and ALL Direct Student Loans)

Determine your minimum requirements using the chart below for your current degree program.  Academic progress for part-time students will be prorated accordingly.

Certificate Programs

Semesters Completed Passed Credit Hours Cumulative GPA
1 9 1.25
2 18 1.50
3 27 1.75

Additionally, students are required to complete their degree within 150% of a normal timeframe.  Attempted hours will vary with required program lengths, see examples below.

Associate Degree Programs

Semesters Completed Passed Credit Hours Cumulative GPA
1 9 1.25
2 18 1.50
3 27 1.75
4 39 2.00 *
5 51 2.00 *
6 63 2.00 *

Additionally, students are required to complete their degree within 150% of a normal timeframe.  Attempted hours will vary with required program lengths, see examples below.

Bachelor of Technology Degree Programs

Semesters Completed Passed Credit Hours Cumulative GPA
1 9 1.25
2 18 1.50
3 27 1.75
4 39 2.00 *
5 51 2.00 *
6 63 2.00 *
7 75 2.00 *
8 90 2.00 *
9 105 2.00 *

  * Semester or Cumulative GPA

Additionally, students are required to complete their degree within 150% of a normal timeframe.  Attempted hours will vary with required program lengths, see examples below.

EXAMPLE 1:  For a 60 credit hour degree program, you must complete it within 90 attempted hours.  (90 Attempted Credit Hours / 60 Passed Credit Hours = 150%)

EXAMPLE 2:  The Nursing Associate Degree requires 65 credit hours.  65 Passed Credit Hours x 1.5 (150%) = 98 credit hours may be attempted.

Important Things to Keep in Mind - Federal Aid

  1. Courses enrolled in each semester must be applicable to the students' current degree program.
  2. Repeating any course in which a passing grade has already been received (D or above) will not count toward course load for the semester, unless the college catalog states a higher grade is required to earn the degree.

 

Frequently Asked Questions - Federal Aid

What if I withdraw from school?

  • If a student withdraws from college, they have automatically not met academic progress requirements.

What if I fail to meet minimum standards?

  • A student who does not meet the required minimum standards will automatically be given a one-time warning semester for financial aid purposes. This gives the student an opportunity to correct any deficiencies without losing federal aid eligibility.
  • A student who fails a second time to meet the minimum standards will lose all federal aid eligibility. Eligibility can only be regained once they are again meeting the minimum.

What if I have a reason for my academic problems?

  • If failure to meet standards is due to extenuating circumstances beyond a students' control, they may apply for a one-time waiver.  All waiver applications must include full documentation and will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Director.  Approval is not guaranteed.  If approved the student will be given an academic plan to maintain eligibility.

 

Satisfactory Academic Progress Guidelines - NEW YORK STATE AID
                          (TAP Grant, Some State Scholarship programs)

Determine your minimum requirements using the chart below for your current degree program.  Students are only permitted to receive 8 semesters of TAP, only 6 semesters of that may be used towards an Associate's Degree.

  • If you received TAP at another college, be sure to include that in the number of semesters you have received a TAP Grant.
  • To calculate the percentage of credits you have completed divide the total attempted credits by total earned credits.

Students who are considered "remedial" for New York State aid eligibility purposes will use the Remedial NYS Charts listed below.  Remedial students are EOP Students or any other student required to take at least 2 remedial courses within the first two semester.

Certificate Programs (Non-Remedial)

Semesters of TAP Received Earned Credit Hours Cumulative GPA Percentage of Credits Completed
1 6 1.30 50% or 6 credits
2 15 1.50 50% or 6 credits
3 27 1.80 75% or 9 credits

Associate Degree Programs (Non-Remedial)

Semesters of TAP Received Earned Credit Hours Cumulative GPA Percentage of Credits Completed
1 6 1.30 50% or 6 credits
2 15 1.50 50% or 6 credits
3 27 1.80 75% or 9 credits
4 39 2.00 75% or 9 credits
5 51 2.00 100% or 12 credits

Bachelor of Technology Degree Programs (Non-Remedial)

Semesters of TAP Received Earned Credit Hours Cumulative GPA Percentage of Credits Completed
1 6 1.30 50% or 6 credits
2 15 1.50 50% or 6 credits
3 27 1.80 75% or 9 credits
4 39 2.00 75% or 9 credits
5 51 2.00 100% or 12 credits
6 66 2.00 100% or 12 credits
7 81 2.00 100% or 12 credits

 

The below charts are to be used for remedial students only, as considered by NYS.

Certificate Programs (Remedial)

Semesters of TAP Received Earned Credit Hours Cumulative GPA Percentage of Credits Completed
1 3 0.50 50% or 6 credits
2 9 0.75 50% or 6 credits
3 21 1.30 75% or 9 credits

Associate Degree Programs (Remedial)

Semesters of TAP Received Earned Credit Hours Cumulative GPA Percentage of Credits Completed
1 3 0.50 50% or 6 credits
2 9 0.75 50% or 6 credits
3 21 1.30 75% or 9 credits
4 33 2.00 75% or 9 credits
5 45 2.00 100% or 12 credits

Bachelor of Technology Degree Programs (Remedial)

Semesters of TAP Received Earned Credit Hours Cumulative GPA Percentage of Credits Completed
1 3 0.50 50% or 6 credits
2 9 0.75 50% or 6 credits
3 21 1.30 75% or 9 credits
4 33 2.00 75% or 9 credits
5 45 2.00 100% or 12 credits
6 60 2.00 100% or 12 credits
7 75 2.00 100% or 12 credits
8 ** 90 2.00 100% or 12 credits
9 ** 105 2.00 100% or 12 credits

      ** EOP Students Only

 

Important Things to Keep in Mind - New York State Aid

  1. Grades of "W" count towards total attempted hours.
  2. Remedial courses that are not credit-bearing, will not count in the total attempted hours.
  3. Repeated courses that were previously passed do not count as earned hours for the semester.
  4. Courses enrolled in each semester must be applicable to the students' current degree program.
  5. Repeating any course in which a passing grade has already been received (D or above) will not count toward course load for the semester for the TAP program, unless the college catalog states a higher grade is required to earn the degree.
  6. APTS recipients who fail to receive a 1.0 (D) in a semester will not be eligible for APTS the following semester, even if otherwise meeting progress requirements.

 

Frequently Asked Questions - New York State Aid

What if I withdraw from school?

  • If a student withdraws from college, they have automatically not met academic progress requirements.

What if I fail to meet minimum standards?

  • Any student who fails to meet the minimum standards will lose all New York State aid eligibility.  Eligibility can only be regained once they are again meeting the minimum.  Unlike Federal Aid there is no one-time probation semester given by New York State.
  • Students who stop attending for more than a year and have received less than 4 semesters of TAP, may regain eligibility upon return.

What if I have a reason for my academic problems?

  • If failure to meet standards is due to extenuating circumstances beyond a students' control, they may apply for a one-time waiver.  All waiver applications must include full documentation and will be reviewed by the Financial Aid Director.  Approval is not guaranteed.

 

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