Academic Qualifications for TAP

Academic Qualifications for TAP

The academic guidelines are divided into two areas: Program Pursuit and Rate of Progress.  Students must follow both sets of rules in order to receive a TAP award each semester.

Program Pursuit

Program Pursuit requires all students to complete a certain number of courses each semester.  A course is considered completed when a grade of A, A–, B+, B, B–, C+, C,  C–, D+, D, D–, P (Passing) or F (Failing), is awarded at the end of the semester.  Grades of W (Withdrawal), WU (Unofficial Withdrawal), WA (Administrative Withdrawal) or INC (Incomplete) indicate that a course has not been completed.

Students enrolled for their first semester at the College must be enrolled for at least 3 credits and 12 equated hours to qualify for TAP.  During their second semester at the College, students must be enrolled for at least 6 credits and 12 equated hours to qualify for TAP.  Students who are receiving a first or second semester TAP award must complete at least 50 percent (6 credits or the equivalent) of a full-time load in order to receive a TAP award for the next semester.  Students who are receiving a third or fourth semester award must complete at least 75 percent (9 credits or the equivalent) of a full-time load in order to receive a TAP award for the following semester.  Students who are receiving a fifth through eighth payment must complete a full-time load (12 credits or the equivalent) in order to receive the next TAP payment.  (Note: Students who have received four semesters of TAP awards as undergraduates must complete a minimum of 12 credits per semester in order to be eligible for the next TAP award.)  Before withdrawing from any course, students should see a financial aid counselor in order to learn what effect the withdrawal will have on the next TAP award.

Rate of Progress

The Rate of Progress rules are in addition to the Program Pursuit rules.  Students must follow both sets of rules in order to receive a TAP award each semester.  Rate of Progress requires that a student earn (pass) a certain number of credits before receiving each TAP award.  In addition, students must also maintain a certain grade point average (GPA).  The academic requirements for each award are as follows:

2011 SAP Standards - First TAP award received Summer 2010 and thereafter

To receive payment number:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9*

10*

Program Pursuit - You must have completed at least this many credits in the previous payment semester:

0

6

6

9

9

12

12

12

12

12

Academic Progress - You must have accumulated this many credits toward your degree:

0

3

15

27

39

51

66

81

96

111

You must have a minimum GPA of:

0

1.5

1.8

1.8

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

 
2006 SAP Standards - First TAP award received Summer 2006 through Spring 2010, ALL SEEK STUDENTS

To receive payment number:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9*

10*

Program Pursuit - You must have completed at least this many credits in the previous payment semester:

0

6

6

9

9

12

12

12

12

12

Academic Progress - You must have accumulated this many credits toward your degree:

0

3

9

21

33

45

60

75

90

105

You must have a minimum GPA of:

0

1.1

1.2

1.3

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

 

“C” Average Requirement
In addition, a student who has received four semesters of TAP payments must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better.  This requirement is in effect for each semester that a subsequent TAP payment is made.

*SEEK Students
SEEK students are considered remedial and will be evaluated against the 2006 academic chart.  Seek students receive 10 semesters of TAP payments while all other qualified undergraduate students are eligible for 8 semesters of TAP payments.