Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter
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Victor E. Knight
1 College Circle
Athletics, NY 14454
Based on the information you have provided to the Office of Financial Aid at SUNY Geneseo, here is your estimated financial aid award for the 2022-23 academic year.
|Federal Work Study (not deducted from the estimated costs)|
your is 1347. Your EFC is not the amount that you (or your parents) are required to pay.
|Estimated Direct Costs|
|Comprehensive & College Fees||$2,044.00|
|Meal Plan Rate||$5,040.00|
|New York State Tuition||$7,270.00|
|On-Campus Room Rate||$9,126.00|
|Estimated Direct Net Costs|
|Total Direct Costs||$23,480.00|
|Total Grants and Scholarships||$10,984.00|
The "remaining cost" is an estimate of what a family will pay directly to the College for this academic year. In addition the College estimates a full-time student will pay approximately $3,584 in indirect costs. These costs include books and supplies, personal expenses, transportation, and loan fees. State grants and scholarships are estimated until you apply and the State confirms your eligibility through income verification.
For more information on your financial aid awards, please visit our website at geneseo.edu/financial_aid
Executive Director of Financial Aid and Enrollment Management
SUNY Geneseo reviews several factors to determine your financial aid award.
Two key elements are your financial need and the timeliness of your application. Click the expandable section below for more information to help you and your family understand your award letter and how SUNY Geneseo calculated your eligibility.
- Understanding the financial aid award process
- Using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Geneseo’s first step to calculating financial need is the receipt of your FAFSA. Once you complete the FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education will send you a Student Aid Report (SAR) that indicates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The SAR reflects income, assets, household size, and other information reported on the FAFSA (more about the EFC below).
- Calculating Financial Need
Financial need is the difference between Geneseo’s total cost of attendance and your EFC. The types and amounts of aid awarded are determined by your financial need. We also consider other factors, such as the timeliness of your application, receipt of outside awards (outside scholarships), and federal/state/campus funding levels.
- Cost of Attendance Minus Expected Family Contribution = Financial Need
When financial need is a positive number, it means that you may qualify for need-based aid, such as Federal Direct Subsidized Loans or Federal Work-Study. When the calculation is zero or a negative number, it means you do not qualify for need-based aid.
Estimated Cost of Attendance
These costs represent the average costs charged to full-time students attending Geneseo for one academic year. This is NOT a bill. Your award letter highlights your estimated direct costs. You will receive a bill from the College of your actual direct charges once you are registered for classes. Keep in mind you will have other indirect expenses, such as books, supplies, personal items, and transportation. These costs will vary by student. You will NOT receive a bill from the College for indirect costs.
Expected Family Contribution
Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated using the information provided on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is an index used to determine the amount of financial aid you are eligible to receive for a given academic year.
- Awarding Financial Aid
Once your financial need is calculated, SUNY Geneseo first awards grants and scholarships, then work-study and loans. Your awards may change if your FAFSA information is updated, you receive aid from other resources, or your enrollment or cost of attendance changes.
- Grants (Need-Based, Not Repaid)
Federal Pell Grant
This grant is available if you have demonstrated high calculated need. Award amounts are determined based on your calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC). You may be eligible to receive a Pell Grant for less than full-time enrollment.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
You may receive this award if you demonstrate the highest level of financial need. While the amount is determined by the Office of Financial Aid, it may be awarded to you only if you are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and if funding is available.
NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
This New York State grant is determined by your family’s New York State net taxable income. This will be listed as an estimated award until you file a separate application with New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC) and are issued an official award notice for SUNY Geneseo.
SUNY Tuition Credit (SUNYTC)
This supplemental grant is automatically awarded to you if you receive the TAP grant. The SUNYTC is also estimated until an actual TAP award is sent to SUNY Geneseo. The amount is calculated based on the actual NYS TAP award.
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
If you are admitted to SUNY Geneseo through the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), which is specifically designed for students who have demonstrated both educational and economic disadvantages, you will be awarded EOP grants.
This New York State scholarship helps cover the cost of SUNY tuition. It provides up to $5,500 per academic year, minus any amounts for New York State Tuition Assistance Program, Federal Pell Grant, or other scholarships. The remainder of your tuition charge, if any, will be covered through the Excelsior Tuition Credit paid through SUNY. Excelsior is listed as an estimated award. If your award letter indicates an estimated Excelsior award, you don’t receive it automatically. You must file a separate Excelsior application with New York State and be found eligible by the state in order to receive it. Be sure to review the requirements for Excelsior at www.hesc.ny.gov.
Geneseo Community Scholarship
This first-year student scholarship is based on your core GPA from high school. If you receive this scholarship, it is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate studies, as long as you remain full-time, live on campus, and continue to incur housing charges.
Edgar Fellows Honors Program Scholarship
If you apply for and are admitted to the Edgar Fellows Honors Program, you receive a $2,000 scholarship each year as long as you remain in the honors program, earn a minimum 3.0 GPA each semester, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4.
Multicultural Fellow Scholarship
If you contribute to the diversity of the student body, especially underrepresented populations, you may be eligible for the Multicultural Fellows Scholarship. It is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate studies as long as you remain full-time, live on campus, and continue to incur housing charges.
Geneseo Transfer Scholarship
The Geneseo Transfer Scholarship is awarded to new transfer students based on core GPA from college. It is renewable for up to two years of undergraduate studies as long as you remain full-time.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship for Transfers
This $1,500 scholarship is awarded to new transfers who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at the time of admission. It is renewable for up to two years of undergraduate studies as long as you remain full-time.
- Loans (Must Be Repaid)
Federal Direct Loans
If you submit a FAFSA, you will be offered a Federal Direct Student Loan. The loan amount(s) in your award letter indicate the maximum amount for which you are eligible. The interest rate for Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans will be set on July 1. Interest rates are fixed for the year, in accordance with the US 10-year Treasury Note. Funds are borrowed directly from the US Department of Education. The Department of Education charges a small* origination fee (1.057%). Repayment begins six months after you cease being at least a half-time student. We will notify you with additional information on how to accept your loan offer and with instructions on how to complete the application process after May 1.
*Direct Loan interest rates and origination fees may change without notice due to federal legislation.
Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
This is a need-based student loan. Interest does not accrue while you are attending school at least half-time (six credits or more).
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
This is not a need-based student loan. Interest accrues while you are attending school and during repayment.
- Work (College Work-Study Job)
Federal Work Study
This program allows you to work on a part-time basis to earn money to pay for indirect costs. If you are awarded Federal Work Study, you will receive instructions for job placement in early summer. Jobs will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Earnings are not paid to the student’s bill but received in a paycheck/direct deposit to their bank account. If you are awarded and accept a Federal Work Study position, you will work approximately five hours per week, usually in an on-campus job. You will be paid every two weeks.
If you are not awarded work study but still wish to seek part-time employment, Geneseo’s Student Employment Services, located in MacVittie College Union, Room 343, will assist you in locating either on-campus or off-campus employment.
- Options for Covering Your Remaining Costs
There are many resources available to assist you in financing your Geneseo education. Overall, the Federal Direct Student Loan that is included as part of your financial aid award letter offers the best repayment terms, deferment options, and borrower benefits.
If you still have a remaining cost on your award letter, this is the estimated amount that you will need to cover for your first year at Geneseo, if you choose to accept all of your financial aid. You may pay the balance in full when you receive your actual bill, or you may consider one or more of the options below.
Geneseo Payment Plan
SUNY Geneseo allows you to spread out your balance (interest free) up to four months each semester for a small fee. This helps to budget payment of your educational expenses and limit your debt. More information and instructions on how to sign up for a payment plan will be sent with your bill.
College Savings Program
If you have invested in a 529 College Savings Program, you may want to use all or a portion of your account to cover your remaining costs. After you are billed, you will need to contact your account administrator to request payment be issued to SUNY Geneseo. The Federal School Code for SUNY Geneseo is 002845, and the campus code is 00.
Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
Federal Direct PLUS loans are available to parents who wish to assist their dependent undergraduate child with their remaining costs. Interest rates are fixed for the year, in accordance with the US 10-year Treasury Note. Funds are borrowed directly from the US Department of Education. The Department of Education charges a 4.228%* origination fee. For example, a $13,000 loan pays to your account as $12,449. Parents have the option of making monthly payments immediately or deferring payments while the student is enrolled. The Direct PLUS loan requires a credit check and a separate application, which is available on www.studentaid.gov after May 1.
Private Student Loans
As an alternative to the Federal PLUS loan, you may apply for a private education loan. Private student loans are offered by some banks and lending institutions and should only be considered if you need additional funds beyond the federal and state financial aid programs. Please go to elmselect.com for a list of lenders previously used by Geneseo students. Each lender may be different; however, some commonalities include:
- Loans are in the student’s name, with an eligible co-signer (a credit check is done).
- Lenders offer the option of a variable or fixed interest rate.
- Interest rates and loan fees may vary based on credit worthiness.
- Interest accrues on the loan while the student is in college.
Private student loans should be chosen carefully. Since they are not federal student loans, terms and conditions can vary widely. These loans will only be added to your financial aid package once you apply and are approved by the lender. More information about loans will be sent after May 1.
When compared to private loans, the Federal PLUS loan is typically the most cost-effective choice for families, offering federal protection and more repayment options.