MAINTAINING AID ELIGIBILITY

Federal Financial Aid

The following standards for maintaining eligibility apply to Pell, Federal Direct Student Loans, PLUS, FSEOG, Academic Competitiveness Grants, and College Work/Study:

Required Accumulated Credits

Each semester, after final grades are complete, total accumulated credits are calculated. Any deficiency must be made up to remain eligible for further Federal financial aid. The following table shows the required academic progress.

Required Accumulated Credits
Required Credits Attempted % of Credits Successfully Completed Minimum GPA
1-11 25% 0.75
12-30 50% 1.5
31-45 60% 1.7
46-90 70% 2.0
Over 90 No Federal Aid
  • Grades of W, I, and Audit are not considered passing grades and do not count toward accumulated credits.
  • Repeated courses will count as Credits Attempted regardless of the reason for repeating, or the grade received.

If you fall below the required completion rate and/or GPA, you will be given a one-time warning semester to regain eligibility. Following the warning semester, if you have not regained eligibility, you may apply for a waiver showing extenuating circumstances or demonstrating academic success by completing all classes for which you are registered with a passing grade and a 2.0 GPA. Contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information.

Second Degree

Students who are pursuing a second degree or who have completed a degree program change may apply for a waiver to be granted additional limited financial aid eligibility beyond the maximum time listed. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

State Financial Aid

Full-time community college students may receive six semesters of New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) aid. To maintain eligibility, you much achieve the following TAP standards each semester.

For students who received a first TAP award during the Fall 2010 semester or later and who are not enrolled in six or more developmental courses during their first semester:

After Award 1 (6 TAP points) First Semester
Completed 6 credit hours
GPA 1.30 or better
Actual credits accumulated: 6 credit hours
After Award 2 (12 TAP points) Second Semester
Completed 6 credit hours
GPA 1.5 or better
Actual credits accumulated: 15 credit hours
After Award 3 (18 TAP points) Third Semester
Completed 9 credit hours
GPA 1.8 or better
Actual credits accumulated: 27 credit hours
After Award 4 (24 TAP points) Fourth Semester
Completed 9 credit hours
GPA 2.0 or better
Actual credits accumulated: 39 credit hours
After Award 5 (30 TAP points) Fifth Semester
Completed 12 credit hours
GPA 2.0 or better
Actual credits accumulated: 51 credit hours

For students who received a first TAP award prior to Fall 2010 and students taking 6 or more developmental courses in the first semester:

After Award 1 (6 TAP points) First Semester
Completed 6 credit hours
GPA 0.50 or better
Actual credits accumulated: 3 credit hours
After Award 2 (12 TAP points) Second Semester
Completed 6 credit hours
GPA 0.75 or better
Actual credits accumulated: 9 credit hours
After Award 3 (18 TAP points) Third Semester
Completed 9 credit hours
GPA 1.3 or better
Actual credits accumulated: 18 credit hours
After Award 4 (24 TAP points) Fourth Semester
Completed 9 credit hours
GPA 2.0 or better
Actual credits accumulated: 30 credit hours
After Award 5 (30 TAP points) Fifth Semester
Completed 12 credit hours
GPA 2.0 or better
Actual credits accumulated: 45 credit hours
  • “Completed credits” may be actual or equivalent credits, passed or failed.
  • “Actual credits accumulated” must be actual credits passed.
  • If you repeat a course in which you have already received a passing grade, that course will not count for TAP eligibility.
  • Grades of W, I, and Audit are not considered course completion.

Loss of Eligibility for Financial Aid

The College attempts to notify students who fall below the eligibility standards. However, it is your responsibility to be aware of the standards and your own academic progress. Check your academic progress on your myCayuga account.

Reinstatement of Financial Aid

If you become ineligible for financial aid due to failure to meet minimum standards for Good Academic Standing and/or Satisfactory Academic Progress, it may be possible to re-establish eligibility if unusual circumstances can be proven. Ordinarily, documentation is required and circumstances must be of a one-time nature, such as illness or injury.

Contact the Financial Aid Office regarding questions on academic standards, reinstatement of aid, or regulations.