Living Off-Campus

When students live off-campus and not with parent(s), the student’s financial aid eligibility does not change. The difference is that the college does not charge the student for room or a meal plan (unless s/he chooses to purchase a plan). The student is charged for housing by a landlord or rental agency.

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Information to Consider

Financial Aid & Refunds

Additional Funding

Examples of Calculating Affordability

Calculate Your Affordability of Living Off-Campus

 

 

 

 

Information to Consider

  1. It is the student’s responsibility to make payments to landlord. Arrangements for deferred payments until financial aid would be made directly with the landlord. The College will not make payments directly to the landlord on behalf of the student.
  2. Have an honest, candid conversation with his/her parents regarding affordability. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to meet the obligations of the lease, which is a legal document.
  3. Financial aid is not available for security deposits and/or first/last month rent obligations. Students should be prepared to pay these expenses out of pocket at the time of signing the lease.  
  4. Financial aid becomes available at different times throughout the semester and depends on enrollment, completed requirements, and processing times. Refunds from financial aid become available the first two weeks of classes and funds continue to disburse through the semester.
  5. Read your lease carefully! Keep in mind additional expenses, like utilities, garbage/trash fees, and internet/cable/phone bills.
  6. Check out the length of the lease. Aid is meant to cover 9 months but leases are for 12 months, how will you pay the additional 3 months’ rent?
  7. Only borrow what is needed! If the goal of moving off-campus is to save money, only borrow enough loans to meet significant expenses, like tuition/fees, rent or a meal plan.  
  8. Sign up for Direct Deposit with Student Accounts- Save time and a trip to Erwin Hall!

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Financial Aid & Refunds

  • When the student’s aid and/or payments overpay the Geneseo charges, it creates a negative balance that is refunded to the student/parent. Generally, if your financial aid award is higher than tuition and fees, a refund would likely be available.

 

  • If Geneseo’s tuition and fees are not paid in full, a refund from financial aid will not generate. The financial aid refund is intended to be used on education-related expenses indicated in the above chart.

 

  • Most often, the refund is generated from the federal loans, student and/or parent. Since loans must be repaid and may accrue interest while the student is in school, it is important to only borrow what is needed to cover significant expenses.

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Additional Funding

Students who need additional funds for education-related expenses may pursue the following options:

  • Work: Earning a steady paycheck reduces reliance on loans, stress about how to afford basic necessities, including books and supplies, and gives you an edge on your resume! It’s a win-win option!

 

  • Federal Parent PLUS Loan: Dependent students’ parents may apply for the Parent PLUS Loan. This is a credit-based loan in which the parent applies via www.StudentLoans.gov.

 

  • Alternative Education Loan: Students may apply for an alternative loan through a private lender. SUNY Geneseo provides a preferred lender list via www.elmselect.com. Generally, students will need a credit-worthy co-signer for alternative loans.

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Examples of Off-Campus Living Scenarios

The intention of the examples below is to explain how to calculate affordability. *Note: In calculation, use the semester totals, not yearly.

Example 1:

Mary is a full-time, sophomore, undergraduate, in-state student. Her lease is for $2600/semester. Mary was awarded the following aid, based on her FAFSA & TAP applications:

Mary’s Financial Aid

Fall

Spring

Total Aid

Federal Pell Grant

$1,500

$1,500

$  3,000

NYS TAP Grant/SUNYTC

$2,260

$2,260

$  4,520

Federal Loans

$3,250

$3,250

$  6,500

Total Aid

$7,010

$7,010

$14,020

 

For the fall semester, Mary will expect to receive $3,460 in a refund for the fall semester. Mary will have enough financial aid to pay her rent and cover $850 of her other unbillable expenses like books and food.

Available Financial Aid*      -

Geneseo Charges*                =

Anticipated Refund

$7,010                                -

$3,550                                 =

$3,460

 

Example 2:

Jacob is a full-time, senior, undergraduate, in-state student. He chose to purchase an off-campus meal plan. Jacob signed a lease for $2100/semester. Based on his FAFSA and TAP applications, he was awarded:

Jacob’s Financial Aid

Fall

Spring

Total Aid

NYS TAP Grant/SUNYTC

$   310

$   310

$   620

Federal Loans

$3,750

$3,750

$5,500

Total Aid

$4,060

$4,060

$8,120

 

For the fall semester, Jacob will expect to receive $135 in a refund for the fall semester. Jacob has $135 in financial aid to help cover his rent, books, meals, and other non-billed expenses.

Available Financial Aid*        -

Geneseo Charges*               =

Anticipated Refund

$4,060                                 -

$3,925                                =

$135

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Calculating Affordability of Off-campus Living

Step 1: Estimate financial aid

Estimated Financial Aid

Fall

Spring

Total

Federal Grants (Pell, SEOG, SUSTA)

 

 

 

NYS TAP Grant/Scholarships

 

 

 

Federal Student Loans (Direct, Perkins)

 

 

 

Federal Parent Loan or Alternative Loan

 

 

 

Outside Private Scholarship

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Estimate costs. Only include the tuition/fee charges in step 2 to determine if a refund is anticipated.

Charges

Fall

Spring

Total

Tuition/Fees

 

 

 

Rent

 

 

 

Meal Plan/Food

 

 

 

Books

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Subtract costs from aid. Positive result= a refund is anticipated. Negative result= more funding needed.

Est. Financial Aid       -

Est. Geneseo Charges       =

Anticipated Refund

$                                -

$                                      =

$

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Other Informational Resources for Off-Campus Living

Student Association Off-Campus Living Guide

Off Campus Services Office 

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