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Applying for Financial Aid

School Codes
FAFSA: 002845
TAP: 0920 (SUC Geneseo)

Recommended 2022–23 FAFSA Filing Dates

  • Fall 2022 Early Admit Students: November 15, 2021
  • Fall 2022 Regular Admit Students: February 1, 2022
  • Returning Students and All Graduate Students: February 1, 2022

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Step 1: Fill Out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

All students—prospective freshmen, 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. The FAFSA is available on October 1 for the following academic year.

As you complete the FAFSA, be sure to:

  • List SUNY Geneseo's Title IV School Code, 002845.
  • Provide income from the prior, prior year.
  • File by the recommended deadlines: November 15 for early-decision applicants, February 1 for all other prospective and returning students.
  • Sign the FAFSA with your FSA ID and Password. A parent must sign, too, if the student is a dependent.
  • 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 and are made on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you file your FAFSA, the greater the likelihood you will be considered.

Want to submit your FAFSA using the U.S Department of Education's myStudentAid mobile app? Check out this step by step video provide by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).

Go to Additional FAFSA Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Step 2: Apply for NYS TAP (New York State Tuition Assistance Program)


From the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC): "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 has 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."

A TAP application MUST be on file with HESC for the award year to be considered for ANY New York State grant or scholarship programs, including STEM, AIMS, Excelsior, and Merit.

Go to Additional TAP Information and Frequently Asked Questions

Step 3: Apply for NYS Excelsior Scholarship

Families whose adjusted gross income is $125,000 or less should consider applying for the New York State Excelsior Scholarship. A separate application MUST be completed to receive this award. Current Excelsior Scholarship recipients do not need to re-apply.

The application for the Fall 2021 is only available until August 31, 2021. Once the application closes we recommend that you sign up at New York State Higher Education Services Corporation to be notified when the application becomes available again for future semesters.

Related Information

New York State Dream Act

The NYS Dream Act gives undocumented and other students access to NYS administered grants and scholarships. For more information or to apply, go to NYS Higher Education Services Corporation.

Institutional Scholarship Information

For scholarship consideration, new students are automatically considered for scholarship when admitted to the College. Current students must submit an online application. Most scholarships are awarded in the spring semester for the next academic year. Continuing students looking for assistance for study abroad should visit the Study Abroad Office.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances can directly impact a family's ability to pay for college. If the information provided on your FAFSA has changed, you may submit a Request for Special Circumstances form and provide supporting documentation. If the application is approved, financial aid eligibility is re-evaluated for federal need-based aid. Note: this does not change New York State financial aid eligibility.

Examples of Special Circumstances include:

  • Significant loss of employment or income.
  • Legal separation or divorce.
  • Death of a parent or spouse.
  • Substantial medical or dental expenses paid that were not covered by insurance.
  • One-time lump sum payment
  • Loss of taxable/untaxable income (i.e., child support, social security, alimony, worker's compensation)

The Office of Financial Aid cannot consider financial aid appeals regarding consumer indebtedness, discretionary personal expenses, relocation or consumer debt.

Budget Adjustments

The Office of Financial Aid provides an estimated cost of attendance in your financial aid award notice in Knightweb. Adjustments to the standard cost may be made for the following educational circumstances:

  • Student Abroad programs
  • Additional transportation expenses
  • Childcare expenses

Budget increase requests should be discussed with a financial aid advisor.

Dependency Override

Your dependency status determines whose information you must report on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A dependent student must report student and parent information on the FAFSA whereas independent students only report student information (and spouse information, if married). Dependent students with unusual circumstances may appeal to the SUNY Cortland Financial Aid Office.

  • Parents cannot be located or are incarcerated
  • Documented case of abuse or unsafe living environment

Dependency override requests should be discussed with a financial aid advisor.

Requesting an Adjustment

Each college has its own policies and procedures for granting adjustments. At SUNY Geneseo, students requesting an adjustment due to special circumstances need to complete a Request for Special Circumstances Form available on our forms page.

All decisions regarding such requests are at the discretion of the financial aid staff and cannot be appealed.