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Award Schedule

Award processing continues on a rolling basis as students complete documentation and registration requirements. New and Transfer students who file the FAFSA by December 1 receive priority consideration for Financial Aid.

Continuing and Returning students who file their FAFSA by January 1 receive priority consideration for Financial Aid.

Award processing for the school year is based on the following schedule:

  Summer Fall Winter/Spring
FreshmanBy mail - Late February 
Transfers By mail - Mid-MarchEmail - December
ContinuingEmail - MayEmail - June 
New GraduateEmail - MayEmail - AprilEmail December
Continuing GraduateEmail - MayEmail - Late June 

After awards are processed, the award information is posted on the Financial Aid page of each student's MyUAlbany account, where students can accept, reduce or decline their financial aid award.

Haven't Received an Award?

Students who applied for financial aid and have not received a financial aid award should check for the following before contacting the Student Financial Center:

  • Did you file the FAFSA for correct aid year?
  • Did you list the UAlbany federal school code 002835 on your FAFSA application?
  • Did the Financial Aid Office send you an email or letter requesting information after you filed your FAFSA?
  • Do you have items listed on your MyUAlbany Important Items?
  • Did you send requested information back to the Financial Aid Office?
  • If your FAFSA was "rejected", did you do what you needed to fix it?
  • Have you registered/pre-registered for 6 or more credits?
  • Are you matriculated in a degree program?
  • Do you have an Albany.edu email address listed on MyUAlbany?
  • Does your email spam filter block email messages from Albany.edu?
  • Do you have the correct permanent address listed for yourself on MyUAlbany?
  • Did you receive a letter regarding " Satisfactory Academic Progress " ?

Please be sure to check your MyUAlbany Important Items after you accept your financial aid award.

For financial aid purposes, an academic year is defined 12 months; whereas summer is 3 months, fall is 4 months and spring is 5 months. Generally, students are packaged for fall and spring using a traditional 9 month expected family contribution (EFC) calculation as per information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please note, students wishing to receive financial aid for the summer semester, must complete a supplemental institutional application. Monitor the ‘Alerts’ section of the Financial Aid website for updates regarding the availability of the summer aid application.