The Student Records and Financial Services Office recommends that students file for financial aid as soon after January 1 as possible even if they have not yet been accepted by the school. The following calendar can be used to guide students through key steps of the financial aid process.
Register for your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID - a username and password at www.StudentAid.gov/fsaid. For dependent students both the student and at least one parent each need to obtain FSA ID's in order to electronically sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Applicants may use their FSA ID's once the Social Security Administration verifies the applicant's identity in one to three days of applying. Keep the FSA ID's in a secure place and do not share them with anyone.
Start looking for scholarship opportunities by working with your high school guidance office, organizations within your community, and on the web.
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically at http://www.fafsa.gov/. Download the Pre-Application Worksheet to make your electronic filing easier. Families can estimate income data on the FAFSA and then submit corrections once actual income information becomes available. Be advised that your financial aid package is subject to change if using estimated income. Alfred State's FAFSA school code is 002854.
The online FAFSA allows students who are New York State residents an option to also complete the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application online. This link is offered on the FAFSA Confirmation Page once the FAFSA has been correctly submitted. TAP can also be applied for directly at https://www.tap.hesc.ny.gov/totw/. Alfred State's TAP school codes are 3005 for associate degree programs and 6005 for bachelor degree programs.
Keep copies of all tax returns and aid applications.
Approximately five business days after submitting the FAFSA students who provided an email address will receive an email from the U.S. Department of Education with a link to their Student Aid Report (SAR) on the Web. Review all of your answers and make sure your SAR has the right information. If you used estimated income on the FAFSA and now have actual income data, correct any answers that need updating. Contact the Student Records and Financial Services Office if you have questions.
Financial aid packaging is underway and accepted freshmen students with a valid FAFSA on file will receive a Financial Aid Award Letter. Continuing/returning students will receive a postcard indicating their financial aid packages are available on BannerWeb. Email notifications are also sent to students' Alfred State email accounts. Complete instructions are available on how to accept and decline aid, check for outstanding processing requirements, and apply for loans.
Students selected for income verification will be asked to provide copies of parent/student income tax returns and/or related income information to the Student Records and Financial Services Office. Respond promptly to any requests for information.
The NYS Higher Education Services Corporation will begin sending out award notifications to students determined eligible for TAP. Students can check the status of their TAP application or award at http://www.hesc.com/. Students who still need to apply for TAP can go to http://www.tapweb.org/.
In some instances an initial offer of financial aid may change due to income verification, changes in enrollment or housing status, or receipt of additional college or outside funding and scholarships. You will be notified of any changes to your financial aid package via your campus email account.
Let the Student Records and Financial Services Office know about any scholarships, grants, or other student aid that you'll receive from private sources.
If after filing your FAFSA your family experiences a change in income or other hardship situation due to illness, loss of employment, etc. contact the Student Records and Financial Services Office. In many cases adjustments can be made to a student's aid package.
Be on the lookout for your fall semester bill in your Alfred State email account. Contact the Student Records and Financial Services Office if you have questions regarding your bill or how to process your bill online.
If financial aid is not showing as credit on your billing statement, you may have not completed all of your financial aid requirements or applications. Look up any missing processing requirements and check the status of your aid.
If you have not already done so, complete your Stafford Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) by going to www.studentloans.gov. You will find Alfred State in the school listing as "Alfred State College."
Your fall semester bill is due. Be aware of the due date to avoid late fees and dropped classes. Contact the Student Records and Financial Services Office if you have questions regarding your bill or how to process your bill online.
Classes start. Remember your grades can affect your eligibility for federal and state financial aid.
To avoid any delays in the processing of your financial aid make sure you have responded to all requests for information from the Student Records and Financial Services Office. You can check the status of your financial aid requirements and awards anytime by following these easy instructions. If you have questions, make an appointment to see your financial aid counselor.
Your aid may start to arrive on campus. The Student Records and Financial Services Office will issue refunds to eligible students once the bill has been satisfied.
Spring semester bills are sent to your Alfred State email account. Be aware of the due date to avoid late fees and dropped classes.
Continuing students will begin receiving information and reminders to file the FAFSA again for the upcoming fall and spring semesters.