Financial Aid FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about financial aid for new and prospective students.

How do I apply for financial aid?

View our step-by-step instructions for applying for financial aid.

Do I have to apply for financial aid each year?

Yes, students must complete the FAFSA and TAP applications each academic year. Please review our recommended deadlines for completion.

What if my family's financial situation has changed after completing my FAFSA?

If your financial situation has changed since completing the FAFSA due to divorce/separation, loss or reduction of income or other unusual circumstances, consider filing a Request for Special Conditions. This process allows us to re-calculate your eligibility for federal aid based on your current situation.

For more information on how to file a Request for Special Conditions, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

How do I apply for scholarships?

New student scholarships at Geneseo are awarded based on merit.

All admitted students will automatically be considered at the time of admission. Students are not required to complete the FAFSA but are encouraged to do so.

Is my scholarship guaranteed for all four years?

Yes and no. It depends on the scholarship being awarded. For more information about scholarships, please visit our Geneseo Scholarship page.

I’ve been admitted to Geneseo, how do I know when my financial aid is complete and how do I view my financial aid award?

If Geneseo received your processed FAFSA and your financial aid package has been calculated, you will be mailed a paper award letter to your home address. You will also find instructions for viewing your awards on the Application Status Page

Can I receive my Geneseo Community Scholarship if I live at home?

No, this scholarship is to assist with the cost of on-campus housing. You must live on campus and be full-time (12 credits or more per semester) to receive this scholarship.

Can I receive aid for courses that are not required for my degree program?

No, only required coursework will be considered when determining federal and state aid eligibility. As long as you have at least 12-degree applicable credits each term, your financial aid will not be reduced. For more information, see Students on Track.

When is the fall 2024 bill due?

We expect Fall bills will be due in mid-August 2024.