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Cost & Financial Aid Overview for New Students

The cost of attending Geneseo may be less than you think after you factor in scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs. Our admissions counselors and financial aid team are always happy to answer your questions, but answers to some common questions are below.

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Is tuition free at Geneseo?


Depending on your situation, you may be able to attend SUNY Geneseo tuition-free.


NYS residents whose family household federal adjusted gross income is $125,000 or less and who complete at least 30 credits per year are eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship, which allows them to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free.



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What financial aid does Geneseo offer?


Federal, NY State and SUNY grants are available and awarded based on financial need.


Geneseo also has scholarships for new and existing students. Extra funds were added this year to help students with great financial need.


Federal work-study positions are available for those who qualify.


See what Jack, Chloe, Maria and Michael received in financial aid and scholarships to support their education at Geneseo.



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Can I get loans for meals or housing?


Yes. There are several options to borrow money for tuition and other college expenses.


Low-interest federal loans are the most common loans that students and parents take to help cover the cost of tuition, books, meals, and housing.


You're not required to make payments on federal loans while you're in college at least half time, and once you graduate there are income-based repayment options that mean your monthly payment will be limited to what you can afford.



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Is there a video explaining financial aid?






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How much does Geneseo cost?


The estimated cost of attending Geneseo as an undergraduate NYS resident living on or off campus is below. This estimate is for the 2021-22 year; numbers for the 2022-23 year will be available in July and may vary slightly.


Item Cost
Tuition $7,070
Fees $1,857
Room Rent $8,880
Meal Plan $5,400
Total Costs $23,207


Note: Cost of attendance is the estimate of direct costs for enrollment as a full-time student. Actual costs may vary depending on living arrangements, meal plan and course load.


You can use our financial aid calculators to estimate how much your first year will cost, you expected family contribution, and what your loan payment might be.




Do you have payment plans?


Yes. Geneseo offers two payment plan options which allow students or parents to pay their semester bill in installments.




How do I apply for financial aid?


Fill out the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). It takes about an hour. Depending on your situation, you'll probably need information from your parent or guardian.


If you want to apply for the NYS Excelsior Scholarship, fill out the Excelsior application as soon as it's available.


You can also contact our admissions team to ask about Geneseo's scholarships, though many are awarded based on application materials and will automatically be offered to you if you qualify.



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When will I find out my aid package?


Once you've been admitted to Geneseo and we have received your Free Application for Federal Financial Aid, your aid package will be calculated.


Financial aid award info is generally available 2-3 weeks after you fill out the FAFSA. If you fill it out before you apply to Geneseo, you may receive your financial aid award along with your acceptance letter.


When your aid package is ready, you'll receive an email and letter letting you know that your awards are ready for viewing.