State Aid Renewal

To renew your Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award, you must submit a FAFSA form and your TAP application at www.tapweb.org.

Recipients of New York State assistance must be in good academic standing and have declared an academic major by the beginning of their Junior year.

Students must meet both "satisfactory academic progress" (SAP) and "pursuit of program" requirements as defined by New York State. Students that do not meet either of the requirements will be contacted by the Financial Aid Office and will be offered the opportunity to submit a written appeal.

Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

 

HEOP Students

Payment
(Semester)

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

A student must have accrued at least this many credit hours

0

6

15

27

39

51

66

81

96

111

With at least this Grade Point Average (GPA)

0

1.5

1.8

1.8

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

 

This SAP table is effective for the 2010-2011 academic year and thereafter.

Standards for Program Pursuit

State Regulations define "program pursuit" as receiving a passing or failing grade in a certain percentage of a full-time course load. The standards are as follows:

Number of Payments

Must receive a passing or failing grade for:

1 & 2

50 percent of minimum full-time requirement (6 credit hours on a semester calendar)

3 & 4

75 percent (9 credit hours)

5 or more

100 percent (12 credit hours)


Waiver Procedures for State Aid

The above standards of “satisfactory academic progress" (SAP) for State student financial aid awards are absolute except when waived in accordance with the following provisions.

The waiver can be granted only once for the student's undergraduate study. The request for a waiver must be submitted by the student in writing to the Financial Aid Office. Your completed appeal can be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by emailing it to aid@siena.edu.

Catastrophic illness, a serious accident, personal or family problems, or other extenuating circumstances may be grounds for a waiver. A waiver may be granted at the discretion of the Director of Financial Aid.