The Office of Financial Aid


A message from the Office of Financial Aid

The U.S. Department of Education randomly selects student FAFSA's for a review called verification. The Office of Financial Aid is required to ask students for information on income and other items to confirm the accuracy of their FAFSA.

The verification review delays state and federal financial aid processing, including: Pell, SEOG, Direct Subsidized Loans, NYS Excelsior Scholarship and Work-Study.

Students whom have not provided the documents necessary to complete their verification should create an account and upload all requested documents to . Uploading documents is simple and secure, just follow the instructions when signed in. Once you have uploaded all required documents, a financial aid counselor will review your file as soon as possible. Due to the activity generated from the start of the semester, we are processing documents 3-4 weeks from date of receipt.

To help expedite the review, update your FAFSA income information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) . The DRT is an automated way to securely transfer your income information from the IRS to the FAFSA. If the DRT is used, you will not be asked to submit tax transcripts.

Please note, students who fail to submit requested documents may result in late fees being assessed to your account, a balance on your account and/or a hold preventing future registration.

Answers to the most common financial aid and billing questions:

Federal Aid Census Date

The Federal Aid Census Date (last day of late registration for the semester) is used by the Office of Financial Aid to confirm your enrollment status and subsequent federal financial aid eligibility. Fulltime study, defined as being enrolled in 12 or more credits applicable toward your degree is determined by your enrollment on the Census Date.

Note: The last day of late registration for fall 2018 is September 11, 2018.

Appeal for Special Circumstances

Please visit the Appeal for Special Circumstances Financial Aid webpage for more information about the steps you need to take to request a financial aid Appeal for Special Circumstances.


Useful College Planning Tools

Below are consumer information tools students and families will find helpful in assessing college costs and comparing important college information.

The University at Albany Cost Comparison Worksheet allows you to compare the costs, financial aid offers, and out-of-pocket expenses of the University at Albany to other institutions of higher education.

The College Scorecard includes essential information about a particular college's cost, its graduation rates and the average amount its students borrow. The College Scorecard is a planning tool and resource to assist students and families as they evaluate options in selecting a school.

College Navigator is an interactive website that allows you to explore and compare features of different institutions, including tuition and fees, retention and graduation rates, use of financial aid and student loan default rates. The College Navigator also features a cost calculator and school comparison tool.

The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet is a model financial aid award letter designed to simplify the information prospective students receive about costs and financial aid. Many colleges and universities have adapted a Shopping Sheet. This tool is designed to provide an easy way to make clear comparisons among institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school.

The Paying for College webpage can be used by prospective students to enter the names and actual financial aid award information to compare up to three schools.

FAFSA Filing Dates

Available every year starting October 1st, the FAFSA should be completed and submitted on-line through

Prospective students wishing to receive priority consideration for aid administered by the Office of Financial Aid must have completed the FAFSA and received an official expected family contribution from the Department of Education by December 1st.

Continuing students wishing to receive priority consideration for aid administered by the Office of Financial Aid must have completed the FAFSA and received an official expected family contribution from the Department of Education by January 1st.

To ensure processing for the current aid year, all corresponding FAFSA forms should be received by November 15th for fall only students and April 15th for fall/spring or spring only students. FAFSA forms received after these dates may not be processed prior to the conclusion of the respective semester. For example, a student graduating at the conclusion of fall 2018, should submit the 2018-19 FAFSA no later than November 15th.

Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

Starting in February, students and parents who have filed their 2013 federal tax returns will be able to select the IRS Data Retrieval option on the FAFSA to transfer tax information to the FAFSA. Federal Tax Returns must be electronically filed at least two weeks (or 6-8 weeks if filing paper returns) before using the IRS Data Retrieval process.

We strongly encourage you and your parents to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool which is the fastest and easiest way to provide accurate tax information. The IRS tax information can be reviewed first before being transferred directly into your FAFSA.


The Office of Financial Aid is responsible for the administration of state, federal and institutional financial aid programs.  In conjunction with the Student Financial Center, the Office of Financial Aid assists students and families in navigating the financial aid process.

For assistance, visit the Student Financial Center located in the Campus Center G26, or call the Student Financial Center at (518) 442-3202.