2024-2025 FAFSA Form Available
The 2024-2025 FAFSA is now available.
The U.S. Department of Education is aware that some users are experiencing issues when they try to submit the form. If you are unable to submit the FAFSA, we encourage you to contact the U.S. Department of Education and document your issue.
Given these complications, we anticipate that we will receive your FAFSA record in mid to late February.
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.