Policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Purposes

Federal Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal (Title IV) student financial assistance programs require recipients to maintain academic standing and to make satisfactory progress toward their degree.

See the section Retention Standards in the Brooklyn College Bulletin.

In effect, students may receive federal (Title IV) assistance for a maximum of seven years of full-time study. (Students studying on less than a full-time basis will have their years of study converted to a full-time year equivalent.) Under this regulation, students must complete a minimum of 18 degree-credits (or equivalent) per full-time year. Students who fail to maintain this standard will be placed on the conditional/ provisional status specified above and can continue to receive financial assistance if they maintain eligibility under this status.

Students who fail to meet at least the conditional standard may appeal to the Academic Advisement Center to retain their eligibility to continue to receive financial assistance. These appeals will be evaluated for such mitigating circumstances as personal illness, injury, family tragedy and the student's perceived ability to regain eligibility within a reasonable time frame.

Students who have been placed on academic probation and who make satisfactory progress will continue to maintain their academic standing with the college and their concurrent eligibility for financial aid.

Remedial Course Work Limitation

Federal regulations limit the amount of noncredit or reduced-credit remedial course work that can be included in determining enrollment status and educational costs for federal financial aid. Once you have received federal aid for 30 or more equated credits, future remedial courses may be taken into account in awarding federal aid. Only regular course work may be used to determine enrollment status (full-time, part-time) and educational costs.

Note: Courses in English as a second language do not count against this limit.

State Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress

In order to meet the satisfactory-progress-toward-degree requirement, students must accumulate degree credits according to the following schedule:

To be eligible for TAP Payment # 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
If first New York State award is prior to 2006–07, minimum degree credits earned through last semester of attendance 0 6 18 31 45 60 75 90 105
Minimum grade point average through last semester of attendance 0.00 1.00 1.20 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00
If first New York State award is in 2006–07 or later, minimum degree credits earned through last semester of attendance 3 9 21 33 45 60 75 90 105
Minimum grade point average through last semester of attendance 1.10 1.20 1.30 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00