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Student TAP Coach - Failure to Pursue



Education Law requires you to remain in good academic standing to continue to be eligible for New York State student financial assistance. Good academic standing consists of two elements: making satisfactory academic progress toward a degree and pursuing the program of study. You must satisfy both elements to remain in good academic standing. Failure to satisfy either element results in a loss of good standing and loss of a subsequent award until eligibility is regained.

The “pursuit of program” requirement is based on the number of award payments you have received and measures student effort. Each term you receive an award you must receive a grade -- either a passing or failing grade -- in a minimum percentage of your full-time or part-time course load, as applicable, to remain eligible. If you fail to complete (get a grade in) the appropriate percentage of the minimum course load, you lose eligibility for a subsequent award.

The pursuit requirement is defined as follows:
  1. during each term of study in the first year for which an award is being received, you must receive a passing or failing grade in at least one half of the minimum amount of study required to constitute full-time study (six semester hours);
  2. during each term of study in the second year for which an award is being received, you must receive a passing or failing grade in at least three fourths of the minimum amount of study required to constitute full-time study (nine semester hours);
  3. during each term of study in the third year for which an award is being received, you must receive a passing or failing grade in no less than the minimum amount of study required to constitute full-time study (12 semester hours).

For example, if you are receiving the first semester TAP award payment, you must get a grade—passing or failing—in a least six credits or 50 percent of the minimum full-time course load of 12 credits to satisfy the pursuit of program requirement. Even if you are enrolled for 15 credits in a semester, to satisfy the 50 percent pursuit requirement you still need to complete/get a grade in at least 6 credits (50 percent of the minimum full-time course load). The same percentage applies for the second semester TAP award.

To be eligible for a third and fourth TAP award payment (second year of study), you must get a grade in at least nine credits or 75 percent of the minimum full-time course load.

In the term you receive a fifth payment and thereafter, you must get a grade in at least 12 credits or 100 percent of the minimum full-time course load.