Financial Aid Calendar

Financial Aid Calendar

The Student Records and Financial Services Office recommends that students file for financial aid as soon as possible after October 1 for the next academic year 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.

September

Create your Federal Student Aid account (FSA) ID. For dependent students both the student and at least one parent each need to create an account to obtain a FSA ID in order to electronically sign the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Keep your account information in a secure place.

October

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Review what to expect before beginning 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 plan is subject to change if using estimated income. Alfred State's FAFSA code is 002854.

New York State residents 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. You can also access the TAP application online directly. Alfred State's TAP school codes are 3005 for certificate and associate degree programs and 6005 for bachelor degree programs. 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 using My HESC Account Access.

Apply for additional New York State scholarships and sign up for Excelsior Scholarship updates to receive an alert when the application becomes available. Select "NYS Scholarships & Awards" for more information.

November

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 correct 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.

December

FAFSA review is underway and newly accepted students with a valid FAFSA on file will receive a financial aid plan in the mail. Continuing/returning students will receive a postcard indicating their financial aid plan is available on my.Alfredstate.edu/finances. Email notifications are also sent. Complete instructions are available on how to process your financial aid.

Students selected for Federal 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.

Start looking for scholarship opportunities by working with your high school counseling office, organizations within your community, and on the web.

January - June

In some instances an initial offer of financial aid may change due to Federal 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 plan 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 financial aid plan through an appeal.

July

Watch for your fall semester billing notice 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 on my.Alfredstate.edu/finances.

If you have not already done so, complete your Direct Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN). You will find Alfred State in the school listing as "Alfred State College".

If offered Federal College Work-Study as part of your financial aid plan, you will need to apply for any available jobs posted on JobLink through our Career Development Office.

August

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.

September

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 anytime at my.Alfredstate.edu/finances . If you have questions, make an appointment to see your financial aid counselor.

The Student Records and Financial Services Office will issue refunds to eligible students once the bill has been satisfied.

October

The Student Records and Financial Services Office will continue issuing refunds as aid arrives on campus.

November

Spring semester bills are available and a notification is sent to your Alfred State email account. Be aware of the due date to avoid late fees and dropped classes.