TAP Course Compliance
NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) require students be enrolled as a full-time student taking twelve (12) or more credits applicable toward the degree program, per semester as defined in the college bulletin.
You received a message regarding your TAP Course Compliance because one or more of your courses fall within the Electives Classes Not Allowed block on your DegreeWorks audit. Additionally, FACTS indicated one or more of your courses do not meet degree requirements.
Check DegreeWorks online through the link in your CUNYfirst Student Center to see if the courses you are enrolled in are needed or not needed for your degree. Make sure to then also check the Baruch College website to review the college bulletin you are following to ensure applicability.
The Financial Aid Eligibility and Certification Tracking System (FACTS) is an online financial aid tool that will help students understand and monitor their eligibility for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), Aid for Part Time Study (APTS) and some HESC scholarships. FACTS determines eligibility to receive an award each semester.
Please see the instructions on how to access FACTS here.
Note: FACTS helps students understand their eligibility for selected New York State financial aid programs: TAP, APTS, and selected HESC scholarships.
It is not your official financial aid record. All official financial aid information is located in the CUNYfirst system. Review the college bulletin for the official documentation on academic programs, requirements, and financial aid regulations.
Meet with your Academic Advisor and Check DegreeWorks prior to your course registration and be sure to select at least 12 credits that satisfy unmet requirements.
At least a week after you’ve registered for your courses check your DegreeWorks account again to ensure that none of your courses fall in the Elective Classes Not Allowed
Ad-Hoc majors must have approved major/specialization forms on file at the Registrar’s Office.
Any changes to your registration may affect your course compliance. If you make a change to your registration, we recommend that you check DegreeWorks a few days later to see if any of your courses fall into the Elective Classes Not Allowed category.
Following TAP course compliance helps you maintain your financial aid and helps with faster progress towards graduation.