Applying for Financial Aid
STEP 1: The FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
All students, prospective freshman, transfers, continuing or graduate, need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for federal student aid, including federal grants and loans.
As you complete the FAFSA, be sure to...
- List SUNY Geneseo's Title IV School Code, 002845.
- Use the FAFSA Worksheet, here.
- Provide income from the prior, prior year.
- File by the recommended deadlines: November 15th for early-decision applicants, February 1st for all other prospective students and returning students.
- Sign the FAFSA with your FSA ID & Password (Your parent has to sign too, if you are a dependent student.)
- If you need assistance, review the resources provided here or through Federal Student Aid Help.
Campus based aid, like SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant), and Federal Work-Study have limited funding, these awards are made on a first-come/first-serve basis. So, the earlier you file your FAFSA, the greater likelihood you will be considered.
STEP 2: NYS TAP: New York State Tuition Assistance Program
From the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC): "New York State (NYS) Residents attending NYS schools will have the option to link directly to the TAP application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page.
If you exited the FAFSA before selecting this option, you can complete the application after HESC received your FAFSA data (three days). HESC will send you an email or postcard notifying you to complete the TAP application online if you did not select the FAFSA link to TAP on the web."
To be considered for any New York State Grant and/or Scholarship programs, including STEM, AIMS, Excelsior and Merit, a TAP Application must be on file with HESC for the award year.
Please note: The Excelsior Scholarship application for 2017-18 is currently closed. The application dates for 2018-19 have not been released (10/17).
Institutional Scholarship Information
For scholarship consideration, prospective students are reviewed by the Office of Admissions. Continuing Students are reviewed for scholarship eligibility through an application process sponsored by the Geneseo Foundation Office. Applications are typically made available in early spring for the next academic year. Continuing students looking for assistance for Study Abroad should visit the Study Abroad Office.