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Prospective Undergraduates

Prospective UAlbany undergraduates should begin the financial aid application process after January 1. The Office of Financial Aid begins sending award letters after March 15.

Students who pay their admission deposit will be able to accept their financial aid award through MyUAlbany.

Step-by-Step Process

Details and helpful links for each step are provided below.

1.) Complete the FAFSA
2.) File the TAP Application
3.) Monitor MyUAlbany Important Items
4.) Submitting Documentation to the Office of Financial Aid
5.) Accept Award Offers Through MyUAlbany


1.) Complete the FAFSA

The Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available every year after January 1st., should be completed and submitted on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

The FAFSA priority filing date for Prospective UAlbany undergraduates is March 1.

The UAlbany Federal School Code to be entered on the FAFSA is 002835.

Estimated income figures can be used initially and replaced with actual income figures after the students federal tax returns are completed.

To complete the signature section of the FAFSA application, the student and a parent/guardian provide their Federal PIN Number. Federal PIN numbers can be obtained at www.pin.ed.gov.

2.) File the TAP Application

New York State residents who file their FAFSA on-line may use the link at the end of the FAFSA application to also apply for New York State Tuition Assistance (TAP).

If you do not file for TAP through the FAFSA online application, you can apply online through the NYSHESC TAP Express TAP application.  The undergraduate TAP school code for UAlbany is 0895.

3.) Monitor MyUAlbany Important Items

As a result of UAlbany receiving and processing the FAFSA, items may appear on the MyUAlbany Important Items List.  Important Items are required to be completed before financial aid processing can continue.

The Financial Aid Office will send notifications via student email until the item is complete.  The email notice directs students to review and respond to the Important Items List on MyUAlbany.

Important Items can be documentation requests, problems with your FAFSA that need to be fixed, processes that need to be completed by the student or processes that need to be completed by the parent.

Important Items can appear at any point during the aid processing cycle.  Items most commonly appear on the Important Items List after the FAFSA is filed and after students accept their Financial Aid Award. 

When an item is listed on the Important Item list, the item can be clicked on for more detailed information.

Completed items will be removed from your Important Item list within 2-5 days after you actively respond with the required action or documentation.   Unresolved Important Items will prevent the following:

  • processing of a financial aid award
  • financial aid awards applying to your account as "anticipated aid"
  • refund processing
  • 4.) Submitting Documentation to the Office of Financial Aid
    Requested documents should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid in one of the following ways:
    By Mail: By Fax: In Person:
    Student Financial Center (518) 442-5295 Student Financial Center
    Campus Center G-26
    1400 Washington Ave
    Albany, NY 12222

    The student's nine digit Albany ID should appear on each page submitted.

    Please Note: Students and parents are advised not to send documents with private information such as tax data, social security numbers, or citizenship verification via email.

    5.) Accept Award Through MyUAlbany
    After sending the admission deposit, students are assigned a UAlbany pin number.  As students are assigned pin numbers, Financial Aid mails written instructions on how to use the pin to login to MyUAlbany.

    Once logged into MyUAlbany, students are able to navigate to the Financial Aid page to accept, reduce, or decline their financial aid award offers.

    For information on how to accept awards, please visit the Accepting Awards page of the Financial Aid website.