The first step to calculating financial need is the receipt of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Since some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis due to funding levels, it is important that the FAFSA is completed as soon as possible after January 1st. A new FAFSA is required to determine financial aid before each academic year.
New York State residents should complete the TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) application through the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYHESC), at https://www.tap.hesc.ny.gov/totw/. Once you have decided to attend SUNY Geneseo, make sure our school code is the listed on the application, code 0920.
The document "Understanding Your Financial Aid Awards" is provided to help you and your family understand how SUNY Geneseo calculated your eligibility and the types of awards you may be eligible to receive.Several factors are reviewed to determine what financial aid is awarded. Two key elements are financial need and the timeliness of your application.
SUNY Geneseo first awards grants, then work-study and finally, loans. The awards on your SUNY Geneseo Smart Track Award Letter may change if your FAFSA information is updated, you receive aid from other resources, your cost of attendance changes, or you are not meeting satisfactory academic progress (see chart in the Undergraduate Bulletin).
Your financial aid awards are displayed on the SUNY Geneseo Smart Track Award Letter. New students are mailed a paper copy of this letter and continuing students are emailed a link to the letter. However, all financial aid recipients are able to access their Smart Track Letter via KnightWeb. To learn how to read this letter, view the presentation below.