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 Accessibility 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 2018-2019 (non-residents) (PDF 68kB) ‌or, for 2017-2018 the , initially intended for students who reside outside of New York state and are admitted or seeking admission to SUNY Empire Online, School for Graduate Studies or Center for International Programs.

Contact Us


Fax: 518-580-4863

Mailing Address: 
Empire State College
Financial Aid
1 Union 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 Associate: 0916

Undergraduate Bachelor's: 0913

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


Students planning to attend summer 2018, fall 2018 or spring 2019 should apply for financial aid for 2018-2019 by submitting the FAFSA.  The priority deadline to apply for financial aid for 2018-2019 was April 1, 2018, but we are still accepting and reviewing applications.

In order to process your financial aid eligibility by the spring term payment due date, you must have all applications in and any additional financial aid requirements/documents submitted and any student loans accepted by the deadline date of December 7, 2018

 Students planning to attend summer 2019, fall 2019 or spring 2020 may apply for aid early by submitting the 2019-2020 FAFSA on or after October 1, 2018.

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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