Applying for Aid

COVID-19 Financial Aid and Scholarship Office Update

Until further notice the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office is closed to visitors. The best way to communicate with your advisor will be via email. As always, we are committed to exceptional service and support to our students and timely processing of financial aid. We are actively working on your behalf and will respond to all emails or calls within 48 hours. Our top priority is to keep students learning and staying healthy! We will update our website with any new developments as needed. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

General Financial Aid inquiries: finaid@oneonta.edu

Scholarship & Excelsior Coordinator: Douglas.DavidsonParry@oneonta.edu

Financial Aid Assistant: Amanda.Richter@oneonta.edu

Financial Aid Advisor: James.Devine@oneonta.edu

Financial Aid Advisor: Alexandrina.Simon@oneonta.edu

Assistant Director: Serenity.Beardslee@oneonta.edu

Assistant Director & Graduate Aid: Richard.Hansen@oneonta.edu

Associate Director & EOP/ACE/CAMP Advisor: Barbara.Pledger@oneonta.edu

Executive Director: Christina.Roarke@oneonta.edu

You must apply for financial aid each year you plan to receive benefits. Your FAFSA and TAP are used to determine your eligibility for most scholarships, work-study and federal loans.

1. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

  • The FAFSA is available on October 1 for the following year.
  • The student and a parent will need to obtain a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID (different than your Oneonta username), at least 3-5 days prior to completing your FAFSA.
  • Watch the short video, "How to fill out the FAFSA"
  • The FAFSA uses “prior-prior year” tax data. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool electronically transfers your federal tax return information into your FAFSA form.
  • When you come to the end of the FAFSA online process, you will have an opportunity to complete a New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application with most of your federal data carried over to your TAP application.

Complete the FAFSA online

Check the status of your FASFA

Check the status of your FASFA anytime!

It is essential that all transfer students make sure to release their FAFSA data to SUNY Oneonta. You can make that correction electronically by adding school code 002847.

ACCESS YOUR FAFSA

    2. Complete a TAP (New York State Tuition Assistance Program) application

    If you missed the opportunity to complete a TAP application at the end of the FAFSA online process, you may complete TAP on the Web now.

    If you completed your TAP application at the end of the FAFSA online process, review your TAP status and make corrections electronically at My HESC Account AccessCheck your school code and make sure your TAP grant is scheduled to come to SUNY Oneonta (school code 0930).

    My HESC Account Access

    Eligibility

    It is important to inform New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC) that you will attend SUNY Oneonta.

    Review your TAP status and make corrections electronically at My HESC Account Access. Check your school code and make sure your TAP grant is scheduled to come to SUNY Oneonta (school code 0930).

    My HESC Account Access

    3. Apply for other federal and state programs

    Excelsior Scholarship
    A tuition-free program for New York State residents with a post-graduation residency requirement

    Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
    Additional services for students who are both academically and financially disadvantaged

    Federal TEACH Grant
    For future teachers with a teaching service obligation

    DREAM Act
    Allows undocumented and other eligible students to apply for New York State financial aid

    Veteran and Military Services
    Education benefits for eligible service members, veterans, and their families

    4. Review your financial aid award

    New students will receive their official Oneonta username and password from the Admissions Office. With this username, students will be able to access their personal records which includes their financial aid information through myOneonta. This username is NOT the same as your FSA ID.

    Once you have been accepted by the Admissions Office and the Financial Aid Office has received your FAFSA, you will receive an eAward notification by email.

    1. Review your eAward Letter carefully (accessible through myOneonta)
    2. Review the Terms of Financial Aid awards
    3. Review Rights and Responsibilities as a student aid recipient

    Contact the Financial Aid Office if you wish to decline or reduce any part of your award

    Once New York State has a completed TAP application from the student and the state budget has passed, you will receive a TAP award certificate from NYS Higher Education Services Corp (HESC) with your official TAP award.

    While you are waiting for this process to be completed, you may see an estimated TAP award appearing in your Financial Aid Award package. If you want to review your TAP application and/or make address or college code changes, you can do so at My HESC Account Access. SUNY Oneonta's TAP school code is 0930. Questions about your award should be directed to NYS HESC (888-697-4372).

    Please note that the SUNY Tuition Credit appearing in your award package is in addition to the TAP grant and also determined by NYS HESC.

    Students awarded Federal Work Study as part of the Financial Aid Award will receive an email with further instructions.

    Returning students

    Returning students who have borrowed previously will be processed automatically after accepting the Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Student Loans on your myOneonta account.

    First year students

    First year students seeking student loans will need to complete 3 steps:

    1. On your myOneonta account, select My Financial Aid to view your award and accept your Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Student Loans.
    2. Complete the Federal Direct Loan Entrance Counseling.* This online counseling session goes over the student's rights and responsibilities in borrowing student loans. After the student has signed in with their FSA ID (from Step 1), select "Complete Counseling" and then "Entrance Counseling." You will find SUNY Oneonta listed as: SUNY COLLEGE AT ONEONTA."
    3. Last (you may complete this in the same session), you must sign a Master Promissory Note* (MPN). MPNs are valid for 10 years and transfer from school to school. If you previously completed an MPN (for example you previously attended a school that participated in Federal Direct Student Loans), you may not have to complete a new one (although it never hurts if you are unsure). You can check if you have a valid MPN by selecting the option "Completed MPN's" once logged on to studentloans.gov.

      Please allow 24-48 hours for your data to be transmitted by Department of Education  and processed by SUNY Oneonta.

      Students should contact their financial aid counselor to decline or reduce loan amounts. Federal Direct Loans deducts a loan origination fee of 1.062% from the loan proceeds.

      SUNY Oneonta is dedicated to helping students keep their loan debt down as much as possible. Please take some time to look at our Making Cents Financial Literacy Program

      Parents

      Parents planning to borrow from the Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) must complete the following steps:

      1. Sign into studentloans.gov with your parent FSA ID (from Step 1), click on "Apply for a Direct PLUS loan" and then on "Direct PLUS Loan Application for Parents." You may begin the PLUS loan process after May 1st of the upcoming aid year. This process will collect borrower information and perform a credit check. You will find SUNY Oneonta listed as SUNY COLLEGE AT ONEONTA. In the event you are denied a PLUS due to credit, please contact the financial aid advisor assigned to your student for additional options.
      2. Once approved, the parent borrower will complete a PLUS Master Promissory Note* (MPN) on the same site (during the same session if you wish) by clicking on "Complete Loan Agreement (MPN)" and then on "PLUS MPN for Parents."

      Please allow 48-72 hours for SUNY Oneonta to receive notification about your Parent PLUS Loan and add it to your Financial Aid Award package. Please be sure to borrow only what you need. Federal Direct Loans deducts a loan origination fee of 4.276% from the loan proceeds.

      Additional Steps 

      It is extremely important that you inform the college when your address has changed.

      In order to protect your privacy, SUNY Oneonta requires you request address changes in writing. Address changes must be made at the Registrar's Office by completing the Change of Personal Information Form. This form should be completed, signed and returned to the Registrar's Office (Netzer 131).

      Change of Personal Information Form

      There may be additional documentation that we are required to collect. We will notify you by email instructing you to sign into your myOneonta account with your Oneonta username and password to view your outstanding requirements under your "My Verification" tab. Please do not send your copies of tax returns - we cannot accept them.

      Submit completed requirements to:

      Fax: (607) 436-2659
      SUNY Oneonta Financial Aid Office
      123 Netzer Administration Building
      Oneonta, NY 13820-4015

      Not submitting requested documentation within 30 days may result in a forfeiture of your financial aid eligibility!

      Institutional Verification Policies

      If you need assistance with these steps, please call the Financial Aid Office at 607-436-2532. We are here to help!

      School Codes

      FAFSA: 002847
      TAP: 0930


      Contact Us

      Financial Aid Office

      607-436-2532

      finaid@oneonta.edu

      123 Netzer Administration Building
      SUNY Oneonta
      Oneonta, NY, 13820-4015

      Fax: (607) 436-2659

      Office Hours

      Fall / Winter / Spring

      Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

      8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

      Wednesday 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

      Summer

      Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

      8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

      Wednesday 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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