State Aid (TAP) Requirements

To be eligible to receive a New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award, students must be full-time*, matriculating New York State residents making satisfactory academic progress and not in violation of Program Pursuit (see below).

*Part-time TAP is available to eligible students; please visit www.hesc.ny.gov to view the eligibility requirements.

Once junior status is reached (normally the fifth semester of study or 60 credit hours or more earned), students must have a declared major on file. After receiving four TAP payments, students must have a minimum UB GPA of 2.0.

Repeated Courses

Repeated courses in which the student had already received a passing grade cannot be included to meet full-time study requirements for state-sponsored financial aid (TAP). Repeated courses may be counted toward full-time study requirements the first time a student repeats a failed course, if a student repeats the course for additional credit, or when a student has received a grade that is passing at the institution but is unacceptable in a particular curriculum.

Repeated courses are not counted for accelerated study semesters (summer).

Academic Progress Regulations, Including Program Pursuit

One standard has been established for undergraduate education throughout the State University of New York: Program Pursuit. The Program Pursuit guidelines require completion of a prescribed percentage of coursework each semester for students receiving state financial assistance.

The chart below describes the Program Pursuit criteria to receive state financial assistance. The criteria may be subject to change based on the passage of a new state budget.

Standard of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Determining Eligibility
for New York State Student Aid

Baccalaureate Degree Programs (Semester Calendar)

Before Being Certified for this Payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th* 10th*
A student must have earned at least this many credits 0 6 15 27 39 51 66 81 96* 111*
With at Least This UB GPA 0 1.50 1.80 1.80 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0* 2.0*
And must receive a grade for this number of credit hours 0 6 6 9 9 12 12 12 12 12
  • Noncredit remedial instruction can be counted toward a full-time academic load as set forth in 145-2.1 of the Commissioner’s Regulations. The number of credit hours in this chart refers to work completed toward the degree.
  • The credit hours indicated above assume the student is enrolled in full-time academic study, a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.
  • * Only students in an approved EOP program are eligible for State Student Aid in their ninth and tenth semesters. Non-EOP students are only eligible for eight semesters of state aid.

Waivers of Criteria for Satisfactory Academic Progress for New York State Financial Aid

If a student is ineligible to receive state financial aid, there is a provision for a one-time waiver of program pursuit satisfactory academic progress requirements. The waiver is to be used only in exceptional cases (e.g., illness, death in the family) in accordance with the TAP Waiver Policy Guidelines and Procedures as stated on the waiver application.

A waiver may not be granted because an Incomplete (“I”) grade is received. If an Incomplete is included in the number of hours required to be completed during the previous semester (see chart), the student will not be eligible to receive the state award for the subsequent semester. The Incomplete grade must be changed to a letter grade by the end of the subsequent semester or the state award is lost for the semester in question.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

Students participating in a study abroad program may be eligible to receive financial aid and should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. To be eligible, students must also be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits and be matriculated in a degree program in which all credits earned on the study abroad program will be applied to degree requirements.

Students participating in a UB (or a four-year SUNY school) sponsored program, can apply the financial aid package (excluding work-study) to the costs of the study abroad program. For students participating in a program sponsored by an out-of-state school, there may be portions of the financial aid that cannot be applied to the out-of-state programs.

Visit our New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) website for more information on eligibility and awarding.

Information subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations.

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