Office of the Registrar

TAP Qualifications

To be eligible for a TAP award, students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits (we recommend 15 credits) or the equivalent. Courses may be counted toward full-time study only if they are applicable toward a degree, as described in the college bulletin. Electives are acceptable when taken in accordance with published degree requirements.

SEEK students may receive TAP awards for 10 semesters; all other undergraduates may receive TAP awards for 8 semesters.

To be eligible for each TAP payment:

  • Credits counted must meet degree requirements as described in the Bulletin.
  • You must have completed a specific number of credits in the previous semester.
  • You must have accumulated a specific number of credits towards your degree.
  • You must maintain a specific minimum GPA (Grade Point Average).
  • You must have declared a major by the time you complete 60 credits. (If you are repeating a course in order to earn the “C” required for your major, you must declare your major even though you have not yet completed 60 credits.)

SUMMER TAP Awards:

If you wish to collect a SUMMER TAP award, you must have earned at least 24 credits at Lehman in the prior 2 consecutive terms. Transferred credits CANNOT be included in the 24-credit requirement.

The following charts explain these requirements:

New and Continuing Undergraduate Students

Received FIRST TAP Award 2010-2011 and Later
SEEK Students are excluded from this chart

To receive Payment number

1

 2

  3

 4

  5

  6

  7

   8

  9

 10

You must have completed at least this many credits in the previous payment semester

0

6

  6

 9

  9

  12

 12

 12

12

 12

You must have accumulated this many credits toward your degree

0

6

  15

27

39

51

66

81

96

111

You must have a GPA of

0

1.5

1.8

1.8

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

Continuing Undergraduate Students

Received FIRST TAP Award Before SUMMER 2006
TAP Program Pursuit and Academic Chart

To receive payment number:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

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

0

6

6

9

9

12

12

12

12

12

You must have accumulated this many credits toward your degree:

0

0

6

18

31

45

60

75

90

105

You must have a GPA of:

0

0

1.0

1.2

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

First-Time Undergraduate Students 2006-2007

Received FIRST TAP Award in SUMMER 2006 or Laterfd

To receive payment number:

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

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


0


6


6


9


9


12


12


12


12


12

You must have accumulated this many credits toward your degree:

0

3

9

21

33

45

60

75

90

105

You must have a GPA of:

0

1.1

1.2

1.3

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

TAP Ineligibility

You may become TAP ineligible due to one or more of the following reason(s):

  • You have not filed a major. You have accumulated 60 credits and must file a major to continue to become TAP eligible.
  • You are repeating a course that cannot be used toward full-time enrollment for TAP eligibility.
  • ·You have failed to complete the required amount of credits on your last TAP supported semester.
  • You have not earned the required amount of credits for the specific TAP payment granted.
  • You do not have the GPA (Grade Point Average) required for this payment.

Repeated Courses: Repeated courses in which you have already received a passing grade cannot be included in meeting the TAP full-time study requirement. Repeated courses may be counted toward the full-time study requirement if:
1.You repeat a course that you have previously failed.
2.You have received a passing grade that is unacceptable in a particular curriculum. 

TAP Waivers: You may be granted a waiver of the TAP academic requirements once, as an undergraduate student and once, as a graduate student, with the strong expectation that you will meet all requirements in the future.

You may be able to appeal for a TAP waiver if you have never received a waiver before. If you have any questions, you may come to the Office of the Registrar at Shuster Hall, room 112 or call 718-960-1125.

Ability to Benefit (ATB)

The New York State legislature mandated a new eligibility requirement (Ability to  Benefit or ATB Exam) that could affect your awards under the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). The regulation affects students who earned their high school diploma outside the United States and who are scheduled to receive their first TAP award Fall 2006 or later.

You may meet the ATB standard by achieving the minimum required score on an ATB Exam. Lehman College will administer the COMPASS assessment (an approved ATB Exam) for all students affected by the regulation.

The College will work with you to assure your maximum TAP eligibility. Since a change in your TAP eligibility status may result in a potential tuition liability, it is very important that you make an appointment immediately with the Lehman College Testing Office to determine which exam(s) you must take and to schedule a test date.

Q&A

1. Must the ATB requirement be met before the first day of classes for the term seeking aid?
For the academic year 2007-08, students will be allowed to take and pass an ATB exam up until the end of each term in which they are seeking the award. Beginning in summer of the 2008-09 academic year, students must take the ATB exam within the add/drop period of the term.

2. If a student is given permission to retake the ATB exam, are they given additional time beyond the add/drop period to take and pass the ATB?
No, a student must take the retest within the add/drop period.

3. How can a first-time state aid recipient become eligible if they do not have a high school diploma or GED from within the United States?
An ATB exam must be passed if a student does not have a high school diploma or GED from within the United States.

4. Is a home-schooled student eligible for state aid?
Yes. A home-schooled student is eligible for state aid if they have a letter from the District Superintendent, or the student can take and pass an approved ATB Exam or the GED Exam.

5. Does a student have to take an ATB Exam if they have an Individualized Education Diploma (IEP) diploma?
Yes. A student must pass an ATB Exam as IEP diplomas are not equivalent to a local or Regents diploma.

6. Can schools still accept affidavits for students stating that they have a high school diploma from outside of the United States?
No. Effective July 1, 2006, students without a high school diploma from the United States must have passed an approved ATB exam.

7. What requirements for ATB do college graduates need to meet?
College graduates - from US or recognized foreign colleges and universities are considered to meet the ATB standards and do not have to take an ATB exam or  provide proof of a US high school diploma. (SED's criterion for foreign colleges and universities is that they be recognized by the home country’s ministry of education).

8. Would students have to obtain a GED or do the credits alone meet the ATB requirement?
If the student has earned the SED required 24 core credits, they do not have to obtain a GED to fulfill the ATB requirement. Although, students who fall into this category are encouraged to receive a GED.

Last modified: Apr 2, 2014

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