Financial Aid Application Deadlines

The priority deadline is the date by which we must have received all data in order for the student to be reviewed and aid to be processed by the payment deadline of each term.

The priority deadline for federal campus-based aid including the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and federal Perkins loans, aid for part-time study (APTS) and Empire State College grants and scholarships is April 1 prior to the start of the award year.

The priority deadline for Pell, TAP, student loans and submission of the federal appeal form and/or New York waiver request form with the dean's approval and appropriate documentation to the financial aid office is six weeks prior to the start date of the term.

Please see aid for part-time study (APTS) for the APTS priority deadline.

Please note that to be considered for Empire State College grants and scholarships, a FAFSA must be completed for the appropriate year. Students who submit the 2018-2019 FAFSA by the April 1, 2018 priority deadline will be reviewed automatically for eligibility for the 2018-2019 academic year. 

Financial aid files completed after the financial aid priority-deadline date will be reviewed. However, our office cannot guarantee that financial aid will be processed before the payment due date. A federal financial aid file is complete when the college has received valid FAFSA data from the federal processor and all other documentation requested by the financial aid office. Completed files and APTS applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students who do not have sufficient funding or payment in place by the payment due date may lose their registered classes for the term. To avoid registration cancellation, please apply early so that we may determine your eligibility.

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.

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