Policy of Exception to the In-Person Requirement

The financial aid office recognizes that in certain situations, students required to appear in person to satisfy the verification of identity and statement of educational purpose requirement may be unable to appear due to mitigating factors.

The financial aid office may approve a student’s request for an exception to appear in person if the student is registered as a student with a disability with our Office of Disability Services. The student will need to email financialaid@esc.edu for approval first.

The financial aid office may approve a student’s request for an exception to appear in person if the student is in the military or is a military spouse and resides out of state. The student will need to email  financialaid@esc.edu for approval first.

Upon approval, the student will be required to complete the Statement of Educational Purpose B 2016 - 2017 (non-residents) (PDF 63kB) ‌or, for 2017-2018 the Statement of Educational Purpose B 2017-2018 (non-residents) (PDF 63kB), initially intended for students who reside outside of New York state and are admitted or seeking admission to the Center for Distance Learning, School for Graduate Studies or Center for International Programs.

Contact us


Fax: 518-581-2782

Mailing Address: 
Empire State College
Financial Aid
111 West Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Questions? Contact the Student Information Center at 518-587-2100 or 800-847-3000.


Code: 010286
Name: SUC Empire State College

TAP Codes

Undergraduate: 0913
Graduate: 5680 (for graduate students applying for Veteran Tuition Awards)


Students planning to attend the 2017-2018 should apply for financial aid immediately.  Students may also get a head start on applying for financial aid for 2018-2019 by submitting the FAFSA after October 1, 2017. 

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF files on this site. If Acrobat Reader is not installed on your computer, you can download it for free from Adobe's site. If you are still unable to view the file, please contact us at financialaid@esc.edu or call 800-847-3000.

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