What do I need to know about the NYS Good Academic Standing requirement?
One of the eligibility requirements for receiving TAP and other forms of NYS tuition assistance is that you remain in good academic standing according to state guidelines. If you do not meet the New York State Good Academic Standing requirements in any semester you receive TAP, you will lose your eligibility for TAP, PTAP, APTS and other New York State award programs. Further payments of these awards to you will be stopped.
If you have lost eligibility for TAP due to not meeting the good academic requirement, you can regain good academic standing and restore your eligibility for New York State award programs by any one of the following procedures:
- Combine two or more semesters' work, provided that only one of those semesters is paid for through New York State support.
- Be readmitted to BMCC after a leave of absence of at least one calendar year.
- Transfer to another college. There, you will be eligible to receive New York State awards your first semester.
- Apply to the Committee on Academic Standing for a one-time TAP/APTS waiver. If the waiver is approved, you may continue your studies without interruption of New York State program assistance.
If you feel you may be eligible for a TAP/APTS waiver, you must follow these instructions:
- Obtain a TAP/APTS Waiver Request Form from the Bursar's Office.
- Provide an explanation of your circumstances on the request form. You should attempt to document all pertinent facts related to your case. The final decision will be based on the documentation received.
- See a Student Life Counselor to help you fill out the form and advise you on what documentation you may need. Make sure the counselor signs and dates the form.
- Obtain faculty statements, if necessary, and attach them to the request. Faculty statements should be submitted by persons whom you feel will help the Committee on Academic Standing better understand your case.
- Sign, date and return your request, with all supporting documentation, to the Registrar's Office.
- After your request has been acted upon by the Committee, you will be notified of the action taken on your case by means of a letter to your home address.
The following criteria are the possible reasons for being considered for a TAP/APTS waiver:
- Personal illness involving either hospitalization or extended home confinement under a physician's supervision.
- Illness in the immediate family (of origin or generation) forcing you to be absent from class for an extended period.
- Emotionally disabling conditions which force you to miss class for an extended period.
- Changing work conditions beyond your control and upon which you or your family must depend forcing you to leave classes.
- Inability to attend classes because of military duty orders, temporary incarceration, or other involvement with agencies of government (local, state or federal).
- A change in major causes you to fall behind in the pursuit of program requirement although prior to this your academic performance was sound.
- You have consistently met the minimum academic performance standards but, for one semester, do not meet them. An assessment of your academic record indicates that granting you a waiver will be to your benefit.
If you are granted a TAP/APTS waiver, you can continue to be eligible for New York State tuition assistance for that semester only. In order to continue to be eligible in any following semester, you must again begin to meet the Academic Progress and Program Pursuit requirements as stated in the NYS Good Academic Standing Charts for the payment indicated. Remember: you may be granted a waiver from the New York State academic standing requirements only once!
Will my previous use of TAP at another college affect my eligibility at BMCC?