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Financial Assistance: What it Looks Like

To help you understand how aid for first-year students is broken down and awarded at SUNY Geneseo, below are four examples. For more information, please also see types of financial aid.

Questions on financial aid can be directed to 585-245-5731 or financialaid@geneseo.edu.

The photos and stories depict example financial aid packages and do not refer to specific students.

  • Jack

    expand_more   Jack's Story

    Jack has high demonstrated financial need. He lives with his mom and dad who earn $35,000 a year. The first in his family to go to college, Jack has a brother and sister who are a just a year or two younger—so affording college will be tough. He's an excellent student who excels in everything he does.

    Costs (2020-2021 Academic Year)

    Item Amount
    Annual Direct Costs $22,290
    Expected Family Contribution $0 (from FAFSA)
    Calculated Financial Need $22,290

    Financial Aid

    Item Amount
    Geneseo Merit Scholarship $3,500
    Geneseo Grant $1,500
    Federal Pell Grant $6,345
    Federal SEOG Grant $500
    NYS TAP & SUNY Tuition Credit $7,320
    Direct Subsidized Loan $3,500
    Direct Unsubsidized Loan $2,000
    Total Aid $24,665
    Out of Pocket Expenses $0
  • Chloe

    expand_more   Chloe's Story

    Chloe lives with her mom and older sister—who also goes to college. Her mom earns $65,000 a year. Chloe is a good student who wants to major in biology.

    Costs (2020-2021 Academic Year)

    Item Amount
    Annual Direct Costs $21,490
    Expected Family Contribution $3,500 (from FAFSA)
    Calculated Financial Need $17,990

    Financial Aid

    Item Amount
    Geneseo Merit Scholarship $1,750
    Geneseo Grant $1,750
    Federal Pell Grant $2,745
    NYS TAP & SUNY Tuition Credit $647
    NYS Excelsior Scholarship $3,078
    Federal Work-Study Award $1,800
    Direct Subsidized Loan $3,500
    Direct Unsubsidized Loan $2,000
    Total Aid $17,270
    Out of Pocket Expenses $4,220
  • Maria

    expand_more   Maria's Story

    Maria, her brother and her parents live in a modest home. Her parents earn $115,000 a year. Thanks to a part-time job, Maria has saved some money to help with her books and other personal expenses.

    Costs (2020-2021 Academic Year)

    Item Amount
    Annual Direct Costs $21,490
    Expected Family Contribution $17,200 (from FAFSA)
    Calculated Financial Need $4,290

    Financial Aid

    Item Amount
    Geneseo Merit Scholarship $1,750
    Geneseo Grant $1,250
    NYS Excelsior Scholarship & Tuition Credit $6,470
    Direct Unsubsidized Loan $5,500
    Total Aid $14,970
    Out of Pocket Expenses $6,520
  • Michael

    expand_more   Michael's Story

    Michael's family opened a 529 College saving plan was he was a year old. They've saved almost enough for 4 years at a SUNY school, but they hope to lower their costs. He is an excellent student who was invited to join the Edgar Fellows Honors Program at Geneseo.

    Costs (2020-2021 Academic Year)

    Item Amount
    Annual Direct Costs $22,290
    Expected Family Contribution $22,290 (from FAFSA)
    Calculated Financial Need $0

    Financial Aid

    Item Amount
    Geneseo Merit Scholarship $3,500
    Edgar Fellows Scholarship $2,000
    Direct Unsubsidized Loan $5,500
    Total Aid $11,000
    Out of Pocket Expenses $11,290