FAFSA Deadline Change
Major changes and improvements are coming to the 2024–2025 FAFSA form. As a result, the new form is scheduled for release in December 2023, not October 1.
First, take these steps to apply for financial aid:
Next, take these steps to ensure you'll receive financial aid:
Understand the Aid Programs
Understand federal financial aid programs: Determine whether you qualify for a Pell Grant, federal work-study, federal loans and/or other federal aid programs.
Understand New York State financial aid programs: Determine whether you qualify for the TAP, the Excelsior Scholarship, Aid for Part-Time Study, a DREAM Act award, and/or other state aid programs. Note: For New York State residents only.
Secure the Aid You're Awarded
Complete the FAFSA Verification process: If you are selected for FAFSA Verification, you must submit new or corrected documentation to receive financial aid.
Accept your awards: Accept, reduce or decline the financial aid you’ve been offered to ensure the aid appears on your student account.
Secure your federal loans: Understand your options. Complete your entrance counseling and the Master Promissory Note (MPN) to ensure you receive your loan funds.
Finance your study abroad: Estimate your program costs. Determine which costs will be covered by financial aid.
Apply for Additional Aid
Apply for additional scholarships: Consider applying for the University at Albany Foundation and Alumni Association scholarships, as well as outside scholarships.
Apply for additional loans: Consider applying for a Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan or Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan. Learn about private student loans.
Apply for summer aid: Understand the prerequisites and other important considerations before applying.
Request a cost of attendance increase: Increasing your estimated cost of attendance may allow you to access more financial aid, which you can use to pay for superior on-campus housing, a computer purchase, childcare and other educational expenses.
Appeal for Special Circumstances or a Dependency Override: Request a review of your financial aid eligibility following an extenuating situation not reflected in your FAFSA. Request a review of your dependency status due to lack of parental support.
Note: For information on financial aid for veterans and military-connected students, including the GI Bill and Military Tuition Assistance, please visit the Office of Veteran and Military Student Services website.