TAP Waiver

Waiver requirement of good academic standing by Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) for Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

 An undergraduate student receiving TAP assistance may receive a one-time waiver of the requirement that the student remain in good academic standing during his or her undergraduate career.  "Good academic standing" involves making sufficient progress towards the degree. This entails passing a specific number of courses or accumulating  enough credits (usually a minimum of twelve) each semester to earn a degree in a timely manner.  A student who loses good academic standing in one semester is not eligible for a TAP grant in the following semester, during which the student is expected to make up the academic deficiency.  If the student successfully makes up the academic deficiency during that following semester, he or she will regain eligibility for TAP grants in future semesters.

A waiver allows the student to receive a TAP grant normally disallowed during the semester in which the student is making up the academic deficiency.

The Registrar's Office of The Cooper Union has established the following criteria for granting such a waiver to a student who has previously been in good academic standing:

1) A student takes a medical leave of absence

2) A death occurs in the student's family

3) Other extenuating circumstances

A waiver may be granted only upon presentation of proper documentation of the student's predicament, and after a discussion between the student and the TAP Certifying Officer (VP for Enrollment). The TAP Certifying Officer must in turn document the circumstances in which the waiver is granted. This information will be kept in the student's academic file.



  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.