How to Apply for Financial Aid

All applicants seeking financial assistance must submit appropriate application materials and documentation. Applications are considered according to the date they are finalized.

Steps for Applying

Recommended filing deadline is March 15 for the 2018-2019 school year.

  1. Create an FSA User ID at
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at and submit it with the appropriate FSA User IDs. The 2018-19 FAFSA uses 2016 tax year information.

  3. Visit the NYS Higher Education Services website to complete an online New York State Aid Payment Application. This link can be found on the FAFSA confirmation page. Review the application for accuracy and submit.

The College should receive a student’s processed FAFSA within 3-5 business days. At that point, students will be notified if additional information is needed. Keep copies of all tax returns and W2 forms as this information may be required by the College.

Financial Aid Award Notices

Once the Financial Aid Office has received all requested financial aid paperwork, aid eligibility will be determined and students will be mailed a paper Financial Aid Award Notice (also called your SUNY Smart Track Award Letter). This notice will show both the aid being offered by the College and estimates of aid that should be received from outside agencies. Notices of award are prepared on a rolling basis beginning in March. If awards change, students will be sent an e-mail notification and asked to login to WebAdvisor to view revised awards. New students who don't know their WebAdvisor user ID or password, should click on the Guest Menu to access the What's My User ID and What's My Password options.

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