Undergraduate
Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement for New York State Aid

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Types of New York state aid

There are several types of New York state aid, which include grants and scholarships administered by Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) and the New York State Education Department:

  • Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
  • Regents Award for Child of Deceased or Disabled Veterans
  • Memorial Scholarship for Families of Deceased Firefighters, Volunteer Firefighters, Police Officers, Peace Officers and Emergency Medical Service Workers
  • Vietnam/Persian Gulf Veterans Full-time Tuition Award
  • New York State World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship
  • Scholarship for Academic Excellence
  • Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program
  • Aid for Part-time Study Program
  • Part-time Tuition Assistance Program (Part-time TAP)
  • Vietnam/Persian Gulf Veterans Part-time Tuition Award
  • New York State Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship -- students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be eligible as well as meet the requirements listed below
  • STEM Incentive Program
  • NY-AIMS Scholarship

Eligibility

All undergraduate students must meet the following conditions to continue receiving state financial assistance:

  • Meet one of the United States citizen requirements
  • Meet New York state residency requirements (except for World Trade Center Scholarship Recipients)
  • Enroll as a full-time student (except for awards designated  as part-time).  Courses that do not count towards a student' s degree also do not count for determining enrollment status
  • Be matriculated in a degree program
  • Must have a declared major if student has  56 or more accumulated credits
  • Meet the good academic standing academic progress and program pursuit requirements listed below

Academic Progress

The academic progress chart below illustrates the number of graduation credits and the minimum grade-point average students must meet to remain eligible for future state payments. Academic performance expectations are quite low at the beginning, allowing for a time of adjustment to college work, but after several semesters, the expectations more closely approximate the overall minimum of 2.0 GPA necessary to qualify for a degree at Binghamton University.

For example, note on the chart that students must complete 15 credits with a 1.8 GPA to be eligible for the third payment of a New York state award. Thus, a student who has accrued 14 or fewer credits is not eligible for the third payment of a New York state award. Likewise, a student with less than a 1.8 GPA is not eligible for a third payment of a New York state award. The student needs to reach the stated minimums to be eligible for the next award. (See Appeals) Although the academic progress standards allow 10 semesters for completion of a bachelor’s degree, the maximum award period at the undergraduate level is four years, except for approved five-year degree programs or in the case of EOP students.

Transfer students may be granted beneficial placement. Beneficial placement is determination of placement on the chart in accordance with either the number of payments a student has received or the number of credits earned, whichever is more beneficial to the student. A student who has lost eligibility for state aid may regain eligibility if readmitted after an absence of one calendar year.

Undergraduate State Student Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Chart (SAP)

Effective 2011-12 for students receiving first NYS award payment
in 2010-11 and thereafter

Program: Baccalaureate Program
Calendar: Semester

Before Being Certified for This Payment

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th**

A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits

0 credits

6 credits

15
credits

27 credits

39
credits

51 credits

66 credits

81 credits

96 credits

111 credits

With at Least This Grade Point Average

0.00

1.5

1.8

1.8

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

 

Effective 2011-2012 this chart is used for:

Students receiving first NYS award payment prior to 2010-2011
Students admitted to the Educational Opportunity Program
Remedial students as defined by the NYS Education Department

Before Being Certified for This Payment

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th**

A Student Must Have Accrued at Least This Many Credits

0 credits

3 credits

9 credits

21 credits

33 credits

45 credits

60 credits

75 credits

90 credits

105 credits

With at Least This Grade Point Average

0.00

1.1

1.2

1.3

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

 

 

Undergraduate Program Pursuit

In addition to meeting the criteria outlined on the Academic Progress Chart, State Education Department regulations require students who receive New York state awards to complete a minimum number of credits toward the degree each semester as follows:

  • In each semester of the first year of New York state awards, students must complete a minimum of six credits of course-work with grades of A, B, C, D, F, Pass or Incomplete.
  • In each semester of the second year of New York state awards, students must complete a minimum of nine credits of coursework with grades of A, B, C, D, F, Pass or Incomplete.
  • In each semester of the third and fourth years of New York state awards, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of coursework with grades of A, B, C, D, F, Pass or Incomplete.

“Incompletes” must be made up within one semester to have the credits counted.

Students who do not complete the minimum number of credits in a given semester are ineligible for New York state financial aid in the following term or until additional credits are completed to reach the minimum level.

Only courses that count toward a student’s degree may be used for meeting the program-pursuit requirement.

Last Updated: 8/17/15