Apply for Financial Aid

Steps for Newly Admitted Freshmen

Financial aid awards are processed on a rolling basis as students complete all requirements. 

Prospective UAlbany undergraduates can begin the financial aid application process starting October 1 by completing the FAFSA for the upcoming academic year. Incoming freshmen must file the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by December 1 to receive priority consideration for financial aid awards.  

Award notifications are sent by mail starting in late February. Award details are also posted on MyUAlbany, where students must accept, reduce or decline their awards. 
 

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Step 1: Complete the FAFSA by December 1

The FAFSA should be completed and submitted online. 

The FAFSA opens each year on October 1 and the priority filing date for prospective UAlbany undergraduates is December 1. 

The University at Albany Federal School Code to be entered on the FAFSA is 002835. 

If prompted, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to automatically load your federal income information to the FAFSA. This streamlines the application and eliminates the potential need to submit tax documents to the UAlbany Financial Aid Office. 

Have your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) ready to electronically sign the FAFSA. Dependent students will need an FSA ID for themselves and one parent. 

Step 2: File all New York State Grant and Scholarship Applications (NYS residents ONLY)

New York State residents may link to the New York State Grants and Scholarships application at the end of the FAFSA. This application will determine your eligibility for NYS aid including the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). 

You also must file the Excelsior Scholarship application when it becomes available in April. The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free. Applicants must be New York State residents, US citizens or eligible non-citizens, and have resided in New York State for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the term. Other eligibility requirements are listed on the New York State Higher Education website

While institutions may estimate the Excelsior award amount, UAlbany excludes Excelsior Scholarships in preliminary financial packages. Eligibility is based on the application process and requires students to sign an Excelsior Scholarship contract with New York State. A preliminary financial aid package will only include information about grants and scholarships we're confident the student will be eligible to receive. 

The undergraduate NYS Grants and Scholarships school code for UAlbany is 0895.

Step 3: Monitor MyUAlbany for Important Items

Shortly after being accepted to the University at Albany, students are assigned a UAlbany pin number. Instructions on how to use the pin and log in to MyUAlbany are sent by Information Technology Services (ITS). 

Once UAlbany receives and processes the FAFSA, items may appear on the MyUAlbany Important Items list. Financial aid processing cannot continue until these Important Items are completed. 

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

The student will receive notifications until the items are completed. Students can click each item in the Important Item list to get more detailed information on what’s needed to move forward. 

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. 

Once you submit the requested documentation, or satisfy the outstanding request(s), we aim to review your documents within two weeks. Peak times, such as August, may result in processing delays. Please monitor your email for important updates or subsequent requests for information. 

If Important Items are not resolved, it could prevent your award or refund being processed and/or applied to your account. 

Step 4: Submit Documentation to the Office of Financial Aid

Requested documents should always be submitted online, unless otherwise noted. You will receive notification via email and/or text message on how to upload these documents. If at any point you need to speak with a financial aid advisor, please feel free to contact our office at SFS@albany.edu or 518-442-3202.

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

Note: For the protection of your information, students and parents are advised not to send documents with private information such as tax data, social security numbers or citizenship verification via email.

Step 5: Accept Award Through MyUAlbany

On MyUAlbany, students can review their financial aid and accept, reduce or decline their financial aid award offers. For information on how to accept awards, please visit the Accepting Awards page.

Step 6: Secure Your Awarded Aid

Once you’ve completed all of the above steps steps, please visit our Financial Aid page for information on securing the aid you're awarded and applying for additional financial aid.

Note: For financial aid purposes, an academic year is defined 12 months, in which the Summer session is three months long, the Fall semester is four months long and the Spring semester is five months long. 

Students’ financial aid awards are generally packaged using a traditional nine-month expected family contribution (EFC) calculation, as determined by the FAFSA

Students who need or want to receive financial aid for the Summer session must complete a supplemental application provided annually by the University.