It all begins with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.gov. You may obtain a paper FAFSA in our Financial Aid Office or from your high school guidance counselor.
Complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after Jan. 1 st .
1. Complete all applications that apply to you:
You will need copies of tax returns to file some of these applications.
2. If requested, provide 2015 income documentation (provide copies for the office):
3. Complete the Entrance Loan Interview and electronic Master Promissory Note:
4. Complete the employment process:
5. Complete the Veteran's benefits application:
Fall 2016: May 15, 2016 for priority review of all campus
Spring 2017: Nov. 15, 2017 for priority review of all campus
Fall 2016 & Spring 2017:
Students are encouraged to apply at the time of FAFSA completion following the recommended FAFSA dates.
The latest a TAP application for 2016 - 2017 can be submitted is June 30, 2017.
APTS (based on NYS budget)
Fall 2015: Aug. 5, 2016 for review for Fall award
Spring 2016: Jan. 6, 2017 for review for Spring award
Checking Financial Aid Status
There is an approximate 5 week processing time once all required documentation/applications are received. To check your financial aid status, log in to My.SUNYUlster.edu and check the Financial aid Channel in the Student Resources Tab.
Changes in Financial Circumstance
Students may request consideration of their financial aid awards due to unusual or exceptional circumstances above and beyond the student's/parents' control, such as loss of employment, divorce/separation/death of parent, loss of untaxed income (social security benefits) or loss of unemployment benefits.
Such requests must be made in writing on a Special Conditions form and submitted with all required documentation.