Details about state financial aid eligibility requirements, including the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and the Excelsior Scholarship, can be found on the Financial Aid website. A state aid eligibility appeal process exists for TAP and APTS recipients who have not met all three satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards at the end of a semester. State regulations limit students to one aid appeal as an undergraduate and one aid appeal as a graduate student, even if the student has attended multiple schools. Students should review TAP/APTS eligibility information prior to submitting a TAP/APTS waiver request to the Academic Standards Office.
If mitigating extenuating circumstances existed during a student's past semester that prevented them from meeting TAP/APTS SAP standards, the student may file a TAP/APTS waiver request by:
1. Completing a TAP/APTS waiver request form, and
2. Providing supporting documentation of the relevant extenuating circumstances cited.
Both items must be submitted to the Academic Standards office by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (716-878-4037), postal mail or hand delivery (Academic Standards Office, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Twin Rise 100, Buffalo, NY 14222). Approved TAP/APTS appeals are due by the last day of the semester a student wishes to receive aid. Securing an appeal sooner will reduce the likelihood of late fees and holds on accounts.
TAP/APTS waivers are only approved when students can document extenuating circumstances to the satisfaction of the director of academic standards. An extenuating circumstance is something that was beyond your control, such as a (severe) personal illness, the death or illness of an immediate family member, extreme personal emotional stress, and serious personal circumstances.
You should document the extenuating circumstance you are listing on your petition by submitting a note (on official letterhead) from a doctor, counselor, or legal system representative that notes the nature of the issue and the date(s) the issue occurred.
Citing such issues as work or extra-curricular commitments, not being aware of college deadlines, and the difficulty level of course material will not result in a TAP/APTS appeal approval.
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