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Graduate Students

Financial Aid will only send financial aid award notices to students who have been accepted for admission into a UAlbany graduate degree program. Continuing graduate students must be registered for 5 or more credits hours to receive an award notice.

Graduate students admitted as "non-degree" are only eligible for federal aid if they are taking approved UAlbany undergraduate courses required for admission into a UAlbany graduate degree program.

Registration status for financial aid depends on the number of enrolled credits, with the exception of one credit dissertation credits. Students enrolled in one credit dissertation credit are considered "full-time" for financial aid and the estimated cost of attendance is based on the cost of one graduate credit.

Step-by-Step Process

Details and helpful links for each step are provided below.

1.) Complete the FAFSA
2.) Monitor MyUAlbany Important Items
3.) Submitting Documentation to the Office of Financial Aid
4.) Accept Award Through MyUAlbany
5.) Apply for Stafford Grad PLUS (OPTIONAL)
1.) Complete the FAFSA

The Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available every year starting October 1st, should be completed and submitted on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The UAlbany Federal School Code to be entered on the FAFSA is 002835.

Estimated income figures can be used initially and replaced with actual income figures after the students federal tax returns are completed.  Graduate students only need to report their income and spousal income, when applicable.

Complete the signature section of the FAFSA application.

Graduate students can complete the FAFSA prior to being admitted to the University.

2.) Monitor MyUAlbany Important Items

As a result of UAlbany receiving and processing the FAFSA, items may appear on the MyUAlbany Important Items List.  Important Items are required to be completed before financial aid processing can continue.

The Financial Aid Office will send notifications via student email until the item is complete.  The email notice directs students to review and respond to the Important Items List on MyUAlbany.

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

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. 

When an item is listed on the Important Item list, the item can be clicked on for more detailed information.

Completed items will be removed from your Important Item list within 2-5 days after you actively respond with the required action or documentation.   Unresolved Important Items will prevent the following:

  • processing of a financial aid award
  • financial aid awards applying to your account as "anticipated aid"
  • refund processing
  • 3.) Submitting Documentation to the Office of Financial Aid
    Requested documents should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid in one of the following ways:
    By Mail: By Fax: In Person:
    Student Financial Center (518) 442-5295 Student Financial Center
    Campus Center G-26
    1400 Washington Ave
    Albany, NY 12222

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

    Please Note: Students and parents are advised not to send documents with private information such as tax data, social security numbers, or citizenship verification via email.

    4.) Accept Award Through MyUAlbany
    At UAlbany, students accept, reduce and decline their financial aid awards online through MyUAlbany.  For a information on how to accept awards, please visit the Accepting Awards page of the Financial Aid website.

    5.) Apply for Stafford Grad PLUS (OPTIONAL) [More Information]