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.