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Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements for the Renewal of Financial Aid Resources

Undergraduate Students

ALERT: New Federal SAP policies are effective with the review of student academic records at end of the Summer 2017 semester and thereafter. For more information, please review the RIT Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy—Undergradaute Students pdf available on our website.

For Satisfactory Academic Progress information prior to Summer 2017, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships or visit the 2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin.

Academic progress requirements for state aid programs

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

In order to receive a TAP grant, an individual must be admitted as a full-time student in an approved program, meet New York State residency and income requirements, pursue the program of study in which he or she is enrolled, and make satisfactory progress toward completion of his or her program of study.

TAP Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards (for non-remedial (HEOP) students who received their first TAP award in 2010-2011 and thereafter)

Bachelor’s Degree—Semester Calendar
Before being certified for this payment  1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
a student must have accrued at least this many credits 0 6 15 27 39 51 66 81
with at least this grade point average 0 1.5 1.8 1.8 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
AND complete the following minimum number of credits in the previous term a state grant or scholarship was received 0 6 6 9 9 12 12  12

TAP Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards (for HEOP students who received their first TAP award in 2010-2011 and thereafter)

Bachelor’s Degree—Semester Calendar
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 3 9 21 33 45 60 75 90 105
with at least this grade point average 0 1.1 1.2 1.3 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
AND complete the following minimum number of credits in the previous term a state grant or scholarship was received 0 6 6 9 9 12 12 12 12 12

Waiver of academic progress standards for TAP

Students who have been denied TAP benefits due to failure to maintain satisfactory standards of academic progress may request a one-time waiver of those standards. State regulations require that these waivers be granted only under extraordinary circumstances. Students failing to meet satisfactory progress standards will be given the opportunity to contact an institutional representative in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to discuss their situation. The institutional representative will require documentation as appropriate and establish deadlines for submission of this documentation.

Under the regulations established by the Commissioner of Education, the decision of the institutional representative will be final. Students who, in the judgment of the institutional representative, satisfactorily meet the criteria for the waiver may have one waiver at the undergraduate level. Those wishing to apply for waivers must do so during the term in which notification of TAP denial was sent.

Reasons for which a waiver may be granted include the following:

  1. Verifiable illness of the student or member of the student’s immediate family during the semester in which academic standards were not met
  2. Death of a member of the student’s family during the semester in which standards were not met
  3. Divorce/separation within the student’s immediate family creating a demonstrable financial/emotional disruption sufficient to affect progress
  4. Circumstances that the student feels were extenuating; applicants must explain why circumstances were extenuating and beyond their control

These regulations are subject to legislative change.