Important information about financial aid:
- Your financial aid eligibility was determined from the information you provided on
- Grants are automatically accepted; if you wish to accept a student loan (Direct Subsidized,
Direct Unsubsidized or Perkins), go to your SIRS account to accept the amount you
wish to borrow. Complete the master promissory note (MPN), as well as Direct Loan
Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov.
- If you are requesting a Parent PLUS Loan, please download the request form and submit it to the Financial Aid Office. PLUS loans are based on credit approval; should
the loan not be approved, you may be eligible for additional unsubsidized loan funds.
- Any resources not reflected on the award letter (i.e.: ACCES-VR, scholarships, employer
benefits, etc.) must be reported to the Financial Aid Office.
- You must be full-time (12 credit hours) to receive a NYS TAP award. If there is a
late-starting class that you are enrolled in at the beginning of the semester, TAP
cannot be paid until the class has begun. Please note: You must be enrolled in all
classes at the beginning of the semester.
- If it is necessary to take noncredit courses in a semester, it may affect your NYS
TAP award in current and future semesters.
- If you are enrolled for at least 6 credit hours, but less than 12 credit hours, you
may be eligible for NYS Aid for Part-Time Study. You must submit the application to the Financial Aid Office before the first day
of classes, along with a copy of your NYS tax return (and/or your parents’ if you
are a dependent student). To receive the award, you must be passing classes at mid-term.
- You must make academic progress at the end of each semester to continue to receive
federal and NYS grants and loans. Please review the standards for both federal and state progress.
- Repeated Courses: If a course is repeated, in which the grade is acceptable to the
degree or certificate program, it may affect your TAP award. Please check with the
Financial Aid Office if you have further questions.
- Overage checks will be available on approximately week 7 and week 10; all obligations
to the College must be met before any refunds can be released. The College will defer
direct charges until that time; however, students should be prepared to meet personal
- If you have an excess of financial aid, the Bookstore will set up a credit for purchase
of books and supplies. You will need a student ID to access the credit. Please note:
only the following items can be purchased with credit from financial aid funds: textbooks,
supplies (notebooks, pens, pencils, paper etc.), book bags, lab materials, goggles,
dissection kits, safety glasses, lab aprons, gloves, voice recorders, and bus passes.
- All Federal Loan eligibility should be used before private (alternative) loans.
- If you are not in compliance with MMR requirements (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Immunizations), you may be withdrawn from classes, and
we will be unable to pay any financial aid funds.
- If you have been awarded Work Study as a part of your financial aid package, you will be notified before the start of
the semester by the Financial Aid Office.
- You may view additional information through your SIRS account.