State Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Calendar: Semester
Program: Baccalaureate Degree

This sample standard of satisfactory progress generally would be used to determine continuing eligibility for state support of students who have no “special circumstances.” The progress of students with special circumstances, such as those who have transferred from another institution or have used their waiver, must be monitored on an adjusted schedule.

The number of credits in the chart below refers to those courses granting academic credit in which a student earned a passing grade, which can be counted as credits completed toward a degree. It does not include remedial noncredit instruction.

Legislated Standards Required by Statute to be Used for First-time Baccalaureate Degree Students Receiving their First TAP Award at Purchase College

From 2010 and Onward

Before being certified for this payment: A student must have accrued at least this many credits: With at least this GPA:
1st 0 0
2nd 6 1.5
3rd 15 1.8
4th 27 1.8
5th 39 2.0
6th 51 2.0
7th 66 2.0
8th 81 2.0
9th** 96 2.0
10th** 111 2.0

Before 2010

Before being certified for this payment: A student must have accrued at least this many credits: With at least this GPA:
1st 0 0
2nd 3 1.1
3rd 9 1.2
4th 21 1.3
5th 33 2.0
6th 45 2.0
7th 60 2.0
8th 75 2.0
9th** 90 2.0
10th** 105 2.0

**Only students in five-year programs, approved pursuant to Section 145.2.7 of the regulations, are eligible for more than eight semesters of undergraduate awards (exclusive of Supplemental TAP).

Pursuit of Program (POP)

POP measures the student’s effort to complete coursework. This information is checked prior to TAP certification each semester. Students must receive a passing or failing grade (no W or WF grades) as follows:

During the first and second semesters, at least 50 percent of the minimum amount of study (minimum of six credits per semester).

During the third and fourth semesters, at least 75 percent of the minimum amount of study (a minimum of nine credits per semester).

During subsequent semesters a student must receive a passing or failing grade 100 percent (a minimum of 12 credits per semester).

 TAP Waiver for State Satisfactory Academic Progress

The Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) review for TAP occurs within the first two to three weeks of each semester. A student will receive an email notification of the loss of state aid, including details of the TAP waiver process. A TAP waiver may be completed if a student has an exceptional circumstance, such as the ones listed below:

  • Unforeseen medical/dental/mental health issues
  • Financial difficulties (loss of income, unemployment, etc)
  • Death of spouse, parent, or family member

Students applying for a waiver must complete the TAP waiver form with the Office of the Registrar and provide supporting documentation by the established deadline based on the email notification. The waivers will then be reviewed, and students will receive a final decision via their Purchase email account.

For more information on TAP Waivers, please contact the Registrar’s Office.