Tuition Assistance Plan Information

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The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay for their college education in New York State. Depending on the academic year that you begin your studies, an annual TAP award can be up to $5,000. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.

The grant money comes directly to St. Joseph’s College after the award has been certified. For more information on applying for TAP and for other important information, please visit the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website.

TAP Eligibility

To be eligible for TAP, you must:

  • be a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen

  • be a legal resident of New York State

  • have graduated from high school in the United States, earned a general education (GED), or passed a federally-approved Ability to Benefit test as defined by the commissioner of the State Education Department

  • be a full-time student taking 12 or more credits per semester* (see other TAP programs below)

  • be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing

  • have at least a cumulative C average after receipt of two annual payments

  • be charged at least $200 tuition per year

  • not be in default on a student loan guaranteed by HESC or on any repayment of state awards

  • meet income eligibility limitations 

  • meet the NYS Education Department commissioner’s guidelines for standards of academic progress

TAP Certification Process

Each semester, the Office of the Registrar must certify your TAP award based on eligibility guidelines listed above. TAP certification begins after the end of the drop/add period and continues throughout the academic year.

TAP Compliance Process

St. Joseph’s College must comply with regulations issued by the NYS Commissioner of Education concerning a student’s academic standing and receipt of NYS aid.

Good academic standing for NYS aid consists of two elements:

  • pursuit of program: a requirement that a student complete 50 percent of a full-time program each term in his/her first year of NYS aid; 75 percent of a full-time program each term in the second year of NYS aid; and 100 percent of a full-time program each term in the third and fourth years of NYS aid. The same percentages apply to students receiving Aid-for-Part-Time-Study (APTS).

  • satisfactory academic progress: a requirement that a student accumulate a specified number of credits and achieve a specified cumulative grade point average each term. The chart that follows is for full-time students. Requirements for part-time students are pro-rated.

Standards of Academic Progress For Semester-Based Programs

Applies to those students who started receiving state aid prior to the 2007-2008 academic year.

TAP Payment Minimum Total Credits Completed Minimum Grade Point Average
Minimum Credits Completed
Prior Semester*


1 0 0.00    
2 3 1.10    
3 9 1.20    
4 21 1.30    
5 33 2.00 12 Must have declared a major
6 45 2.00 12 Must have declared a major
7 60 2.00 12 Must have declared a major
8 75 2.00 12 Must have declared a major

*Courses must be completed with a grade of A, B, C, D, F or P. Grades of WD, WU, WF, FN, I or AB and blank grades do not demonstrate Pursuit of Program (P.O.P.).Grades of WD, WU, WF, FN, I or AB and Blank Grades do not demonstrate Pursuit of Program.

The enacted New York State budget includes changes to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements for non-remedial students’ first receiving state aid in 2007-08 and thereafter. The updated standards are summarized in the following charts.

All non-remedial students will be required to complete a minimum of 15 credits and at least a 1.8 GPA by the end of their second semester.

TAP Payment Minimum Total Credits Completed Minimum Grade Point Average
1 0 0.00  
2 6 1.50  
3 15 1.80  
4 30 2.00  
5 45 2.00 Must have declared a major
6 60 2.00 Must have declared a major
7 75 2.00 Must have declared a major
8 90 2.00 Must have declared a major
9 105 2.00 Must have declared a major
10 120 2.00 Must have declared a major

Please note, credits for a course that you are repeating does not count toward the applicable minimum for full-time financial aid benefits unless you did not pass the class the first time or the grade earned is not acceptable toward your degree.

Other HESC programs

Visit HESC for information on additional NYS programs:

Waiver Provisions

A one-time waiver may be granted to the recipient of state financial assistance who fails to maintain Pursuit of Program or make Satisfactory Academic Progress. The student must initiate the request for the waiver through the Office of the Registrar and must be able to document one of three reasons for the request: death in the student's family, serious illness of the student, or other mitigating circumstances beyond the student's control. Approval of the waiver is not automatic. After a careful review of the documentation, the student will be notified in writing if the one-time waiver will be granted.

For more detailed and complete information on the waiver, go to New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC) website, search for waiver and click on the Commissioner's Guidelines.

Policy and Procedures for the Use of the Waiver at St. Joseph’s College

Use of the Waiver as provided for in Section 145-2.2(b) of the Revised Guidelines for Implementation of Regulations Concerning Program Pursuit and Academic Progress states these requirements “may be waived once for an undergraduate student if any institution certifies, and maintains documentation, that such a waiver is in the best interest of the student.” The waiver provision does not exist to provide one additional term of eligibility for all students who fail to meet pursuit or progress requirements. It is expected that most students who fail to meet Pursuit or Progress requirements will not be granted the waiver and hence will not receive any further State awards until they have regained good academic standing. The waiver is to be used only in exceptional cases.

In considering granting the waiver, these principles should be kept in mind

  • 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 for a student’s failure to meet requirements.

  • The waiver should be granted only when there is a reasonable expectation that the student will meet future requirements.

  • The waiver can be used only in accordance with clearly established procedures.

  • A written record of the findings and determination of each case must be maintained.

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