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Applying for Financial Aid

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

Recommended 2020- 2021 FAFSA Filing Dates: 

Fall 2020 Early Admit Students - November 15, 2019

Fall 2020 Regular Admit Students- February 1, 2020

Returning Students & All Graduate Students- February 1, 2020

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. The FAFSA will be available on October 1st for the next academic year.

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.

Go to Additional FAFSA Information & Frequently Asked Questions

STEP 2: 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 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.

Go to Additional TAP Information & Frequently Asked Questions

STEP 3: 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 recipients do not need to re-apply for the Excelsior Scholarship.)

Application dates for 2020-2021 are not yet available. We recommend that you sign up at New York State Higher Education Services Corporation to be notified when the application does become available.

Institutional Scholarship Information

For scholarship consideration, prospective students are reviewed by the Office of Admissions. Continuing students are reviewed for scholarship eligibility through their academic departments. 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.