The Federal Perkins Loan Program lapsed on September 30, 2015, cutting off the ability for colleges and universities to make Perkins loans to new borrowers. The bipartisan Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2015 builds on a bill unanimously passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in September and provides for an extension of the Perkins Loan Program through 2016 for current graduate borrowers and through 2017 for new and current undergraduate borrowers. Students must first exhaust their eligibility for a subsidized Direct Loan before receiving a Federal Perkins loan.
In addition to already established Perkins eligibility requirements, graduate students must also meet all of the criteria listed below in order to qualify for a Perkins Loan, if funds are available:
NOTE: Forbearance, deferment and cancellation are not automatic. Students must request federal Perkins Loan forbearance, deferment and cancellation by contacting the Student Loan Service Center at 518-525-2626. The Student Loan Service Center voice response system allows borrowers to access the Student Loan Service Center's database and request the following information on their SUNY Perkins Loan, health professions or nursing student loan:
Borrowers may choose to have their call transferred to a loan representative during their inquiry via the voice response system, or they may leave a message for the Student Loan Service Center, if they are unable to reach a representative at the time of their call. The voice response system is available during the following hours:
A federal Perkins Loan borrower may access this system by dialing 518-525-2626 and selecting option two from the host inquiry menu. To obtain account information, the borrower must enter his or her account number and assign a PIN to be used in any future calls. Deferral and partial cancellation of loans under the Peace Corps Act
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Fax: 518-581-2782Mailing Address: Empire State CollegeFinancial Aid111 West Ave.Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Questions? Contact the Student Information Center at 518-587-2100 or 800-847-3000.
Code: 010286Name: SUC Empire State College
Undergraduate: 0913Graduate: 5680 (for graduate students applying for Veteran Tuition Awards)
Students planning to attend 2016-2017 should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for 2016-2017. Students wishing to get an early jump on applying for financial aid for 2017-2018 (enrollments beginning on or after May 15, 2017) can do so by submitting the 2017-2018 FAFSA.