Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid administers federal, state, and certain institutional student financial assistance programs for undergraduate and graduate students. These programs include the Federal Direct Loan, Direct PLUS Loan, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work-Study, the New York State Tuition Assistance Program, the Educational Opportunity Program, and University at Albany Endowed and Benevolent Association Scholarships. Student Financial Services is located in the Campus Center, Room G26, (518) 442-3202. The Office of Financial Aid is committed to assisting students and their families meet the cost of attending the University.

Cost of Attendance 2014-2015

Most student financial assistance is awarded on the basis of financial need. The cost of attendance is an average of the student’s direct and indirect educational expenses for an academic year. Direct expenses are tuition, fees, room and meals for students who live on campus and only tuition and fees for students living off campus. The cost of attendance also includes allowances for estimated expenses for books and supplies, personal items, transportation, and living expenses for off-campus students. For the most current information on tuition and cost, please visit the Student Accounts homepage at www.albany.edu/studentaccounts, click on "Tuition and Costs" and select "Undergraduate."

Application Procedure and Deadlines

New Students

New students must be accepted for admission to the University prior to being considered for financial aid. In order to receive priority consideration for financial aid, students entering for the fall term should apply by March 15th of that year. Students wishing to apply for financial aid should:

1. File the 2014-2015 FAFSA. The FAFSA must be submitted to be considered for financial assistance at the University. Students who file the FAFSA online (http://www.fafsa.gov) and are New York State residents will be able to apply for a New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award at the same time by linking directly to the TAP application from the FAFSA Confirmation Page. The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible after January 1st even if the applicant's admission status has not yet been determined. The Office of Financial Aid will begin making awards to new students accepted for admission beginning in March. Awards are made on a rolling basis throughout the spring and summer as financial aid files become complete.

2. New York State residents attending NYS schools should link directly to the TAP application from the FAFSA confirmation page. If you exited the FAFSA before selecting this option, you can complete the application after the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) receives your FAFSA data. HESC will send you an email or postcard when your online application is available for completion. Information about the TAP application process can be found at www.hesc.ny.gov.

3. New students who have accepted a Federal Direct Loan will need to complete the Electronic Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling from the Federal Student Loans website http://www.studentloans.gov. Information about these processes can be found at www.albany.edu/financialaid/index2.shtml under "Student Quick Links."

Returning Students

The FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA must be filed annually. The deadline for submitting the form in order to receive priority consideration for financial aid is April 15th of each year.

Summer Study

Students who plan to attend summer sessions at the University at Albany may be eligible to receive financial aid. In order to be considered for summer financial aid students must file the 2014-15 FAFSA and complete The UAlbany Summer Aid Application, accessed online through the Finances tab of the MyUAlbany portal. Visit www.albany.edu/financialaid/apply_summer.shtml for more information about summer financial aid.

Study Abroad

UAlbany students who plan to participate in a SUNY Study Abroad program may be eligible to receive financial aid. Students are required to submit a letter of acceptance into a Study Abroad program along with an estimate of program costs to the Office of Financial Aid. Students who plan to participate in a program at an institution outside the SUNY system will be required to submit a transfer credit permission form (available from academic advisors) to the Office of Financial Aid.

Visiting Students

Visiting students, not matriculated at the University, are not eligible for financial aid from this institution.

Financial Aid Awards

1. If students have been awarded Federal Work-Study, a Federal Perkins Loan, an Athletic Scholarship, and/or a Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan for the 2014-2015 aid year, they must log onto MyUAlbany to accept, decline, or reduce the amounts of the awards. Please refer to the Accepting Awards section of the financial aid website for additional instructions www.albany.edu/financialaid.

2. Financial aid is awarded on an annual basis and students must reapply each year by submitting the FAFSA. Financial aid awards may vary each year based on the student's financial need and available funds.

3. If requested, students and, if dependent, their families, should be prepared to update their FAFSA data using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and/or submit income and other documentation that may be required by the Office of Financial Aid. Federal financial aid will not be credited to accounts, or may be cancelled, if we do not receive the requested information. Do not send any documentation unless it has been requested by this office.

4. Students must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards their degrees in order to continue receiving financial aid. Under certain circumstances, students may appeal the loss of their financial aid. Additional SAP information can be found in both the State and Federal Financial Aid sections of this bulletin or on the financial aid website at http://www.albany.edu/financialaid/requirements.shtml.

5. Amounts of aid from sources outside the University are estimates, and are based on the best information available to us. They do not represent a guarantee of these funds by the University.

6. Students must inform the Financial Aid Office of aid and/or scholarships from any source outside the University. Please send a copy of the official notification letter to our office. Please be sure to provide a name and Albany ID on the notification. Federal regulations may require an adjustment be made to the financial aid package. It is the Financial Aid Office's policy whenever possible to reduce self-help aid, e.g., loan and/or workstudy, whenever we are notified of outside assistance.

7. Students awarded Federal Perkins Loans or Federal Direct Loans must complete loan entrance counseling prior to the first disbursement of loan proceeds. Perkins Loan recipients should follow online instructions found under "Student Quick Links" on the financial aid website: www.albany.edu/financialaid. Direct Loan entrance counseling can be completed at http://www.studentloans.gov.

8. Students whose family financial circumstances are adversely affected after being awarded financial aid should submit to the Financial Aid Office a "Special Circumstances" form. The form can be found under the Forms and Publications link on the financial aid website: www.albany.edu/financialaid and should be submitted no later than April 1, 2015.

Institutional Aid

The University offers a number of merit scholarships to undergraduate students. The Presidential, Frederick Douglass, and Achievement scholarships are awarded to new students by the Undergraduate Admissions Office and renewed by the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Eligibility requirements and award amounts vary. Undergraduate students who have been awarded merit scholarships will receive information about the awards from the Office of Admissions. Athletic Scholarships are awarded by the Department of Athletics and Recreation.

SUNY Tuition Credit

New York State students who have applied and are eligible for a full-time TAP award, may also be eligible for the SUNY Tuition Credit. Students who are ineligible for TAP for any reason or who receive a Part-time TAP award are not eligible to receive the SUNY Tuition Credit. Tuition credits will be calculated by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation for eligible students, enrolled at a SUNY college or university. The amount of the applicable tuition credit is based on the level of a student’s TAP award, and will be calculated pursuant to a statutory formula. If eligible, this credit will appear on your bill as anticipated aid. The combination of TAP, SUNY Tuition Credit, and any other tuition-specific award cannot exceed the tuition charged.

State Financial Aid

Academic Criteria for State Awards

1. Students must be matriculated in an eligible degree program at the beginning of their course of study. In addition, to be considered matriculated for State financial aid purposes, the New York State Education Department requires that students declare a major no later than the beginning of the junior year if enrolled in a baccalaureate program.

2. Full-time status is defined as enrollment for at least 12 credits in courses applicable to the students' program of study for a term of at least 15 weeks. Students must be enrolled full-time before the TAP certification status date, which is the date when a student would have incurred full tuition liability for the term. Courses added after the certification status date do not count toward full-time status.

3. Students who are disabled as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are attending part-time (at least three credits per semester) can be certified for a partial TAP award for any approved term. Effective with the 2011-12 academic year, HESC will calculate TAP awards as a percentage of the award the ADA student would be eligible to receive if the student were enrolled full-time. The percentage is obtained by dividing the number of credits the student is enrolled in by twelve. Students with disabilities must still meet all other TAP eligibility requirements. In addition, students must be able to document that they are disabled, as defined by the ADA, by registering with the UAlbany Disability Resource Center.

4. Repeated Courses: courses in which the student has already received a passing grade cannot be included in meeting full-time study requirements for state-sponsored financial aid. Repeated courses may be counted toward full-time study requirements if a student repeats a failed course, if a student repeats the course for additional credit, or when a student has received a grade that is passing at the institution but is unacceptable in a particular curriculum.

5. High School Graduation Requirement: to be eligible for any state-sponsored grant or scholarship award, student's first receiving aid in academic year 1996-1997 to 2006-2007 must have a certificate of graduation from a school providing secondary education, or the recognized equivalent of such certificate, or receive a passing score on an approved ability-to-benefit test. Students who first receive aid in academic year 2006-2007 and thereafter must have a U.S. high school diploma or recognized equivalent, or earn a passing score on a federally approved ability-to-benefit test identified by the NYS Board of Regents and independently administered and evaluated as provided by the NYS Commissioner of Education. Effective spring 2007-08, students must take one of the four tests approved by the Board of Regents. The approved ability-to-benefit tests to be used to determine eligibility for State financial aid are: the Accuplacer, ASSET, COMPASS, and CELSA (Combined English Language Skills Assessment). The CELSA is approved providing the applicant also takes a math component from one of the other approved tests. Effective summer 2008-09, first-time recipients must take and pass an approved ability-to-benefit test within the institution's add/drop period to establish award eligibility in that term.

6. When Students' Eligibility Is Assessed: students must meet citizenship, residency, high school graduation and good academic standing requirements as of the first day of classes for a particular term to be certified as eligible for an award for that term.

Students must meet matriculation requirements, approved program requirements, full-time study requirements and tuition liability requirements sometime between the first day of classes and the certification status date, for a particular term, to be certified for an award for that term.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

In order to retain eligibility for New York State scholarship and grant awards, students must be in "good academic standing", which is comprised of two components: Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and Pursuit of Program (POP).

In order to make satisfactory progress towards a degree, students must accrue graduation credits each semester and have the cumulative grade point average shown on the academic progress charts in this section. The academic progress charts below are in effect for the 2014-2015 academic year. To view academic progress charts applicable to prior years, visit www.albany.edu/financialaid/requirements.shtml#step2. Undergraduate students enrolled in four-year programs may receive up to four years of assistance for full-time study, and up to five years of assistance if enrolled in the Educational Opportunity Program or an approved five-year degree program.

Satisfactory Academic Progress: a requirement that a student accumulates a specified number of credits and achieves a specified cumulative grade point average each term, depending on the number of state award payments the student has received.

Pursuit of Program: a requirement that a student receive a passing or failing grade (A-E or S/U letter grade) in a certain percentage of courses each term, depending on the number of state awards the student has received. The percentage is determined by the following schedule:

Number of
payments:

Must receive a grade for:
1, 2 50% of minimum full-time requirement (6 credits)
3, 4 75% (9 credits)
5 or more 100% (12 credits)

For summer half-time accelerated payments, the above percentages are applied to the minimum half-time requirement (six credits on a semester calendar) to determine pursuit of program.

The pursuit of program requirement is continuous as a student passes from undergraduate to graduate study; payments a student received as an undergraduate are added to graduate payments to determine the number of payments. A student who does not complete the minimum number of credits in a given semester is ineligible for New York State financial aid for the following term, or until additional credits are completed to reach the minimum level.

Incomplete (I) grades must be completed and changed to a standard passing or failing grade by the end of the subsequent term to have the credits counted toward pursuit of program.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Chart - New York State Grant and Scholarship Programs

Non-remedial students first receiving NYS aid in 2010-2011 and thereafter:

Before being certified for this payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
SAP: A student must have accrued at least this many credits 0 6 15 27 39 51 66 81
GPA: With at least this grade point average 0 1.5 1.8 1.8 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
POP: And completed at least this many credits in the prior term 0 6 6 9 9 12 12 12
50% 50% 75% 75% 100% 100% 100%

EOP and remedial students, and all students first receiving NYS aid in 2009-2010 and earlier:

Before being certified for this payment 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
SAP: A student must have accrued at least this many credits 0 3 9 21 33 45 60 75 90 105
GPA: With at least this grade point average 0 1.1 1.2 1.3 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
POP: And completed at least this many credits in the prior term 0 6 6 9 9 12 12 12 12 12
50% 50% 75% 75% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Remedial Student: (a) a student whose scores on a recognized college placement exam or nationally recognized standardized exam indicated the need for remediation for at least two semesters, as certified by the college and approved by the New York State Education Department (SED); (b) a student who was enrolled in at least six semester hours of non-credit remedial courses, as approved by SED, in the first term they received a TAP award; or (c) a student who is or was enrolled in an opportunity program.

Remedial Course: a non-credit course designed to remedy academic deficiencies so a student can be successful in a college-level study, and approved by SED. The amount of time for the course must be equivalent to the time for similar credit-bearing courses.

Non-remedial Students: any student who does not meet one of the definitions of a remedial student is considered "non-remedial."

Loss of Good Academic Standing: students who lose good academic standing in a term when they received a state grant or scholarship are not eligible for an award for the next term.

Reinstatement of Good Academic Standing: students who have lost good academic standing may restore this standing in one of the following ways: make up past academic deficiencies by completing one or more terms of study without receiving any state grants or scholarships; be readmitted to school after an absence of at least one year; transfer to another school, or be granted a waiver.

One-Time Waiver: New York State Commissioner of Education regulations permit students to receive a one-time waiver of the good academic standing requirement. The waiver is not automatic, and may only be granted in extraordinary or unusual circumstances which are beyond the control of the student. There must be a reasonable expectation that the student will meet future requirements. To request a one-time waiver, students must submit a completed one-time waiver application along with appropriate supporting documentation. One-time waiver applications are available in the Student Financial Center, CC G-26.

C Average Requirement: students who have received the equivalent of two or more full years of state-funded student financial aid must have and maintain a cumulative C average (GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 grading scale) or better to be eligible for continued state-funded assistance. Cumulative GPA for readmitted students who have previously attended UAlbany (including University in High School) is based on prior grades at UAlbany. Students who are denied an award for failing to achieve a cumulative C average can regain award eligibility by completing appropriate coursework, without state support, to achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0, or be granted a waiver. Students cannot regain eligibility by remaining out of school for a period of time.

Waiver of the C Average Requirement: the C average requirement may be waived for undue hardship based on the death of a student’s immediate family member; or the student’s personal illness or injury; or other extenuating circumstances. To request a C average waiver, students must submit a completed waiver application along with appropriate supporting documentation. C average waiver applications are available in the Student Financial Center, CC G-26.

B Average Requirement for Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship: students must maintain a cumulative B average (GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 grading scale) or better to maintain eligibility for the LOT Scholarship. Students who fail to maintain the required B average will cease to be eligible for payment until they are restored to good academic standing and have raised their cumulative GPA to at least a 3.0, or have requested and obtained a B average waiver.

Waiver of the B Average Requirement for Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship: the B average requirement may be waived for undue hardship based on the death of a student’s immediate family member; or the student’s personal illness or injury; or other extenuating circumstances. To request a B average waiver, students must submit a completed waiver application along with appropriate supporting documentation. B average waiver applications are available in the Student Financial Center, CC G-26.

New York State Grant and Scholarship Programs

1. Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
This grant program for New York State residents who are full-time undergraduate students currently provides for annual awards ranging from $500 to $5,165. Awards are based on the family's New York State net taxable income, Federal, State, or local pension income, and income from annuities which were excluded on the NYS tax form if applicable. Undergraduate students may receive TAP for four years of full-time study. Students enrolled in approved five-year programs or in State sponsored opportunity programs may receive undergraduate aid for five years. First-time freshmen in academic year 2006-2007 and thereafter may be eligible to receive a part-time TAP award for 6-11 credits. Students must have earned 12 credits in each of two consecutive terms at a non-profit NYS degree granting institution and must have a cumulative 2.00 GPA.

2. Veterans Tuition Awards
This program provides financial assistance to help honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces studying on either a full-time or part-time basis meet tuition charges. In order to be eligible for this award, a student must have served in the U. S. Armed Forces in Indochina between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975; or in the Persian Gulf on or after August 2, 1990; or in the Afghanistan hostilities on or after September 11, 2001; or in hostilities that occurred after February 28, 1961 as evidenced by receipt of an Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, or a Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal. The student must establish eligibility by submitting a NYS Veterans Tuition Award Supplement (available online at www.hesc.ny.gov or by contacting the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation) and documentation of eligible veteran status (Form DD214). If a TAP award is also received, the combined academic year award cannot exceed tuition. For part-time study (3-11 credits) awards will be prorated by credits. Combined tuition benefits available to a student cannot exceed the actual tuition cost. Tuition payments received by a student under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) are considered duplicative of any VTA and/or TAP award. Students whose “Percentage of Maximum Benefit Payable” under the Post-9/11 GI Bill is less than 100% may receive both federal and state benefits, not to exceed actual tuition cost.

3. Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans
New York State residents who are children of certain deceased or disabled veterans will receive $450 per year, regardless of need, to attend institutions within New York State. Veterans must be NYS residents or have resided in NY at the time of their death. To apply, file the FAFSA and TAP applications, and complete the Children of Veterans Award Supplement online at www.hesc.ny.gov.

4. Memorial Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased Firefighters, Volunteer Firefighters, Police Officers, Peace Officers and Emergency Medical Service Workers
This award provides financial assistance to the children and spouses of deceased police officers, firefighters, volunteer firefighters, peace officers and emergency medical service workers who served in New York State and died of injuries sustained in the line of duty. Recipients must be full-time undergraduate students. Those attending SUNY institutions will receive scholarships that equal in-state tuition and non-tuition costs including room, board, and allowances for books, supplies and transportation up to the maximum amount published by HESC. The scholarship is reduced by any federal, state, or private assistance awarded to the student to pay education expenses. Visit www.hesc.ny.gov for more information and application instructions.

5. State Aid to Native Americans
This program provides aid to enrolled members of tribes listed on the official roll of New York State tribes or to the child of an enrolled member of a New York State tribe. Applications and additional information about this program are available from the Native American Education Unit, New York State Education Department, Room 461 EBA, Albany, New York 12234 or by calling (518) 474-0537. Applicants must be a member or the child of a member of one of the Native American Tribes in New York State, and be a State resident attending an institution within the State. The award is up to $2,000 per year for up to four years of full-time study.

6. Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Grant
New York State students who are educationally and economically disadvantaged are admitted to the University's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) on the basis of their prospects for academic success. The University's program enrolls about 636 new and continuing students each year. An applicant must be: (1) a New York State resident; and (2) academically disadvantaged according to definitions promulgated by the State University; and (3) economically disadvantaged according to guidelines approved by the Board of Regents and the Director of the Budget. Selection of eligible applicants is made by University at Albany personnel in accordance with the New York State regulations that govern the program. The amount of financial assistance provided to eligible EOP participants is dependent on financial need as determined by the University and availability of funds.

7. Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)
This program provides tuition assistance to undergraduate New York State residents matriculated in a degree program and enrolled for three to eleven credits per semester. The family New York State taxable income cannot exceed $50,550 in the case of dependent students and $34,250 if the student is independent. Award amounts are determined by the Office of Financial Aid and cannot exceed tuition charges or $1,000 per semester, whichever is less. Applications and additional information are available at www.albany.edu/financialaid or in the Student Financial Center, CC G-26.

8. New York National Guard Educational Incentive Program
Members in good standing of the New York State Army or Air National Guards or New York State Naval Militia may earn up to $4350 per year in college tuition assistance. Additional information about the program is available from National Guard Education Service Representatives.

9. New York State Scholarships for Academic Excellence
This program provides renewable scholarship assistance in the amount of $500 or $1,500 to New York residents attending an institution within the State. The New York State Education Department selects recipients.

10. Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
The AmeriCorps Education award is provided to New York residents interested in high quality opportunities in community service. Information about NYS programs can be found by contacting NYS Office for National and Community Service, Office of Children and Family Services, 52 Washington Street, Rensselaer, NY, 12144, or by visiting http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/segal-americorps-education-award.

11. Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship
The New York Lottery is not currently awarding any new scholarships. Recipients of a prior Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship will continue to receive any unpaid balance subject to the original requirements. In addition to meeting good academic standing, students must maintain a cumulative B average (GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale).

12. NYS World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship
This award provides financial assistance to the children, spouses, and financial dependents of deceased or severely and permanently disabled victims as well as severely and permanently disabled survivors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks or the subsequent rescue and recovery operations. Undergraduates who are full-time matriculated students enrolled in an approved program in New York and meet requirements for New York State grants and scholarships are eligible. Recipients need not be New York State residents or U.S. citizens to receive the scholarship. The award covers up to four years of full-time undergraduate study and will pay SUNY tuition and mandatory fees at the in-state rate and non-tuition costs including room, board and allowances for books, supplies and transportation up to the maximum amount published by HESC. The scholarship is reduced by any federal, state, or private assistance awarded to the student to pay educational expenses. Visit www.hesc.ny.gov for information and application instructions.

13. Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarship
Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarships provide financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of individuals killed as a direct result of the crash of Continental Airlines Flight 3407 on February 12, 2009. Undergraduates who are full-time matriculated students enrolled in an approved program in New York and meet requirements for New York State grants and scholarships are eligible. Recipients need not be New York State residents or U.S. citizens to receive the scholarship. The award covers up to four years of full-time undergraduate study and will pay SUNY tuition and mandatory fees at the in-state rate and non-tuition costs including room, board and allowances for books, supplies and transportation up to the maximum amount published by HESC. The scholarship is reduced by any federal, state, or private assistance awarded to the student to pay educational expenses. Visit www.hesc.ny.gov for information and application instructions.

14. Flight 587 Memorial Scholarship
The Flight 587 Memorial Scholarships guarantee access to a college education for the families and financial dependents of victims of the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 on November 12, 2001. Undergraduates who are full-time matriculated students enrolled in an approved program in New York and meet requirements for New York State grants and scholarships are eligible. Recipients need not be New York State residents or U.S. citizens to receive the scholarship. The award covers up to four years of full-time undergraduate study and will pay SUNY tuition and mandatory fees at the in-state rate and non-tuition costs including room, board and allowances for books, supplies and transportation up to the maximum amount published by HESC. The scholarship is reduced by any federal, state, or private assistance awarded to the student to pay educational expenses. Visit www.hesc.ny.gov for information and application instructions.

15. Military Service Recognition Scholarship (MSRS)
The Military Service Recognition Scholarship provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of members of the armed forces of the United States or of a state organized militia who, at any time on or after Aug. 2, 1990, while a New York State resident, died or became severely and permanently disabled while engaged in hostilities or training for hostilities. Undergraduates who are full-time matriculated students enrolled in an approved program in New York and meet requirements for New York State grants and scholarships are eligible. The award covers up to four years of full-time undergraduate study and will pay SUNY tuition and mandatory fees at the in-state rate and non-tuition costs including room, board and allowances for books, supplies and transportation up to the maximum amount published by HESC. The scholarship is reduced by any federal, state, or private assistance awarded to the student to pay educational expenses. Visit www.hesc.ny.gov for information and application instructions.

16. NYS Math & Sciences Teaching Incentive Scholarship
The NYS Math & Science Teaching Incentive Scholarship provides grants to eligible full-time undergraduate or graduate students in approved programs that lead to math or science teaching careers in secondary education. Visit www.hesc.ny.gov for information and application instructions.

17. NYS Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program
The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides a full SUNY or CUNY tuition scholarship for the top 10 percent of students in each New York State high school if they pursue a STEM degree in an associates or bachelor degree program and agree to work in a STEM field in New York State for 5 years after graduation. Visit www.hesc.ny.gov for information and application instructions.

Federal Financial Aid

Academic Eligibility Criteria for Federal Awards

Federal regulations require students to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards a degree in order to receive any federal student aid, including Federal Direct Loans. SAP guidelines require students to meet both a Qualitative (Cumulative GPA) and Quantitative (Pace) standard within a maximum time frame. To remain eligible students must continue to meet SAP.

Students must maintain a satisfactory cumulative grade point average. Students will retain eligibility for financial aid if they maintain a cumulative GPA consistent with the University’s academic standards required for graduation and meet the requirements shown on the academic progress chart. Students who fail to meet SAP are no longer eligible for federal student aid, but have the option to appeal following the appeal procedure below. UAlbany’s Academic Retention Standards are described in the 2014-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin and can also be found on the Undergraduate Education website at www.albany.edu/undergraduateeducation/academic_standing.php.

Additionally, a student must progress through his or her educational program taking only courses applicable to their program of study to ensure that they will complete the program within the maximum timeframe required for federal student aid. Students may attempt up to 150% of the credits normally required to complete a baccalaureate degree and retain eligibility for federal student aid.

At the University at Albany students must have earned 120 graduation credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Thus, students may attempt up to 180 credits and retain eligibility for federal student aid; however, students must also complete a percentage of credits attempted each year as shown on the academic progress chart below. Transfer credits accepted by the University are considered to be attempted and completed credits for this purpose.

Academic Progress Chart for Federal Financial Aid Title IV Programs

If credits attempted are between: Then the following % of graduation credits must be completed:
3-30 30%
31-60 50%
61-90 60%
91-120 65%
121-150 70%
151-180 80%
Over 180 Ineligible

Progress towards the degree will be measured once each year, at the completion of the Spring semester. Students may restore eligibility for federal aid when they meet the standards outlined in the SAP policy.

Repeated Courses: repeat course credits will be counted as attempted and earned in the calculation of Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress. Note: unlimited repeated courses can be funded with federal aid if the student has not passed the course previously at UAlbany. Only one repeated course can be funded with the federal aid if the student previously passed the course.

Course Withdrawals: credits for courses with a grade of W will be counted as attempted credits, but not credits earned in determining Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Remedial Non-credit Coursework: credits for remedial non-credit courses will not be counted as credits attempted or credits earned in determining Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Incomplete Grades: in determining Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress, credits for courses with grades of Incomplete will count toward credits attempted but not count toward credits earned until the incomplete grade is changed to a passing grade.

Transfer credits: transfer credits accepted by the University are considered to be attempted and completed credits in determining Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Change in Major: a change in major has no impact on academic success. All attempted credits and grades earned will be counted when assessing progress.

Completed Program, No Degree

Students who have completed all degree coursework and academic requirements for the degree they are pursuing cannot continue to receive federal aid.

Loss of Eligibility for Federal Awards

Students who are not making satisfactory academic progress will lose their eligibility for federal student aid. Students may appeal to the University if they feel there are special circumstances that affected their ability to make academic progress.

Appeal Process

Reasons for appeal may include: a death in the student’s immediate family, serious injury or illness or other mitigating circumstances that may have prevented the student from meeting SAP requirements. Students will be required to complete and submit a Satisfactory Academic Progress Waiver Form for Federal Financial Aid, which includes submitting an appeal outlining why they failed to meet SAP and what has changed that will allow them to be successful moving forward. Please note that a maximum of two appeals for separate and distinct circumstances will be considered.

If the appeal is approved, students will be placed on an academic improvement plan and notified in writing that they are on financial aid probation for one additional semester. Students on probation are eligible to receive financial aid, but are subject to the University's policy regarding review and dismissal for academic reasons. Questions regarding academic progress should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid.

Note: a student on financial aid probation for a payment period may not receive federal aid for the subsequent payment period unless the student makes satisfactory academic progress or the institution determines that the student met the requirements outlined in the academic improvement plan.

Federal Programs

1. Federal Pell Grant
This federal grant program provides assistance to matriculated undergraduate students who have demonstrated the highest calculated need as determined by the FAFSA. The maximum award for the 2014-2015 academic year is $5,730. The award amount will depend not only on financial need, but also on the cost of attendance, enrollment status as a full-time or part-time student, and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. Students are only eligible to receive a Pell Grant for a maximum of 12 semesters.

2. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Students receiving this type of assistance must have exceptional financial need. At the University at Albany, this grant typically ranges from $200 to $700 each year.

3. Federal Direct Loans
Subsidized or Unsubsidized Federal Loans are available to matriculated students who are enrolled at least half-time. Students with financial need may borrow a Direct Subsidized Loan, which means interest does not accrue on the loan while the borrower is in school. Regardless of financial need, eligible students will be offered a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Unsubsidized loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2014 and before June 30, 2015 are scheduled to have a 4.66% fixed interest rate and interest accrues from time of disbursement. Students are not required to pay interest while in school. Freshmen may borrow up to $5,500 with no more than $3,500 from subsidized, sophomores up to $6,500 with no more than $4,500 from subsidized, and junior/seniors up to $7,500 with no more than $5,500 from subsidized annually. Freshmen or sophomore independent students and dependent students whose parents are denied the Direct PLUS loan may borrow up to an additional $4,000 unsubsidized loan annually, or up to an additional $5,000 unsubsidized loan annually as juniors or seniors. The loan borrowing limit for dependent undergraduate students is $31,000, while independent undergraduate students may borrow $57,500. No undergraduate can borrow in excess of $23,000 in subsidized funds. Subsidized loans for which the first disbursement is on or after July 1, 2014 and prior to June 30, 2015, are scheduled to have a 4.66% fixed interest rate. All Federal Direct Loans will have a 1.072% origination fee which will increase to 1.073% on October 1, 2014. Students planning to borrow for the first time must complete a master promissory note (MPN) and entrance counseling at www.studentloans.gov.

4. Federal Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Parent PLUS allow parents of dependent students to borrow the difference between the student's cost of attendance and any financial aid awarded to the student. This loan requires the parent to complete and successfully pass a credit check. Repayment of principal and interest begins within 60 days of the final loan disbursement unless otherwise deferred. PLUS loans for which the first disbursement is on or after July 1, 2014 and prior to June 30, 2015 will have a fixed interest rate of 7.21% and an origination fee of 4.288% will be deducted from the loan proceeds. Note loan fee will increase to 4.292% on October 1, 2014. Parents should complete the application and Master Promissory Note at the Federal Student Aid website www.studentloans.gov.

5. Federal Perkins Loans
This loan is awarded to students with significant financial need. Undergraduate students may borrow up to $5,500 each year depending on availability of funds, and a total of $27,500 for undergraduate studies. Interest does not accrue and payments are not due on the loan during the in-school period. Repayment begins nine months after the student leaves school, and 5% simple interest is charged on the unpaid balance of the loan. Under certain conditions, all or part of amount borrowed may be canceled.

6. Federal Work-Study Program
A Work-Study award provides employment opportunities for students with financial need. Students are employed by various campus administrative offices, academic departments, and community service agencies. Students are paid an hourly rate and receive paychecks every two weeks for hours worked. Students will have the opportunity to select which jobs they would like to apply for and submit their job applications online. Work-Study is an employment opportunity, not a guaranteed job.

7. Bureau of Indian Affairs to Native Americans Higher Education Assistance Program
Eligibility is restricted to students with financial need who are pursuing a four-year degree, are at least one-fourth American Indian, Eskimo, or Aleut and are enrolled members of a tribe, band or group recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office. Application must be made each year. In addition, first-time applicants must obtain tribal certification from the appropriate bureau agency or tribal office which records enrollment for the tribe.

8. Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty (Chapter 30)
This program provides for up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans. Basic eligibility criteria are an honorable discharge and a high school diploma or GED. In addition, the veteran must meet the criteria set forth in one of three categories. These criteria are based on dates of active duty, length of service, and special requirements specific to each particular category. Additional information is available at www.gibill.va.gov.

9. Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (Chapter 1606)
Selected Reserve educational benefits are available to members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Reserves as well as the Army National Guard and the Air Guard. It is the first Veteran's Administration program that makes educational benefits available to reservists who have never served on active duty. Additional information about eligibility criteria and monthly benefit amounts is available from your Reserve or Guard unit.

10. Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607)
REAP is an education program that provides up to 36 months of education benefits to members of the Selected Reserves, Individual Ready Reserve, and National Guard, who are called to active service in response to a war or national emergency, as declared by the President or Congress. Eligibility will be determined by the Department of Defense or Department of Homeland Security, as appropriate. Additional information is available at www.gibill.va.gov.

11. Veterans Administration Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)
This education benefit is available to certain veterans' children who are at least 18 years old, veterans' spouses, and surviving spouses who have not remarried. The veteran must be totally and permanently disabled from a service-related disability or died because of a service-related disability. Eligible persons can receive benefits for up to 45 months. Additional information is available at www.gibill.va.gov.

12. Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible. The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay eligible individuals at a percentage level ranging from 40% to 100%, based on the total number of days of eligible service after September 10, 2001. Payments include: tuition and fees directly to the school, not to exceed the maximum in-state tuition and fees at a public Institution of Higher Learning; a monthly housing allowance based on the Basic Housing Allowance for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school; and an annual books and supplies stipend of up to $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment. Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement are approved. Students enrolled exclusively in online training will receive half the national average in the housing allowance. If you are enrolled half-time or less, or on active duty you will not receive the housing allowance but are eligible for a book allowance. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits, generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. The Post-9/11 GI Bill also offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to their dependents. Additional information is available at www.gibill.va.gov.

13. Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment VetSuccess Program (Chapter 31)
The VR&E VetSuccess program assists veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs by providing services that include post-secondary training at a college or university. Additional information is available at www.vba.va.gov.