Federal Pell Grant Application and Deadline Information

Application Completion

Deadline for Submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The 2020-2021 School Year (enrollments beginning on or after May 2020):

  • FAFSA on the Web applications must be submitted by midnight CDT, June 30, 2021.
  • Corrections on the Web forms must be submitted by midnight CDT, Sept. 11, 2021.

Note: Your school must have your complete and correct information by your last day of enrollment in the 2019-2020 school year.

The 2019-2020 School Year (enrollments beginning on or after May 2019):

  • FAFSA on the Web applications must be submitted by midnight CDT, June 30, 2020.
  • Corrections on the Web forms must be submitted by midnight CDT, Sept. 12, 2020.

Note: Your school must have your complete and correct information by your last day of enrollment in the 2019-2020 school year.

The Department of Education considers an application's receipt date and time to be when the application/correction has been successfully submitted. The last page of the online application/correction submission process is, therefore, the confirmation page. It contains a 22 - (if an application) or 30 - (if a correction) character long confirmation number, which contains the exact date and time (CST) the form was received. It is recommended that you print this for your records.

Note: Transactions must be completed and accepted by midnight to meet the deadline. If transmissions are started before midnight, but are not completed until after midnight, those transmissions will not meet the deadline. In addition, any transmission picked up on the deadline date that gets rejected may not be able to be reprocessed because the deadline will have passed by the time the user gets the information notifying him or her of the rejection.

The financial aid office must receive the output document of the FAFSA application process, the SAR or ISIR with an official EFC while the student is enrolled and eligible, but not later than Sept. 12, 2020 for 2019-2020, and no later than Sept. 11, 2021 for 2020-2011.

  • To give a Pell grant to a student, a school must have a valid output document (one with an EFC computed from correct data) while the student is still enrolled for the award year, or within the timeframe the student qualifies for a late disbursement under 34 CFR 668.164(g)(4)(i), but no later than Sept. 12, 2020 for 2019-2020 and Sept. 11, 2021 for 2020-2021.
  • For students selected for verification (both ED-selected and school-selected), the school must have verification documents, and for Pell recipients a valid output document, no later than 120 days after the last day of enrollment or Sept. 12, 2020 for 2019-2020 and Sept. 11, 2021 for 2020-2021, whichever is earlier.

For the deadlines above, the date the CPS processed the ISIR transaction is considered the date the institution received the ISIR. On the SAR, SAR acknowledgement and ISIR printout, the processed date is above the EFC on the first page.

New York State Student Financial Aid Deadlines

Due to New York State Higher Education regulation, the application deadline for New York state financial aid programs is now June 30, consistent with the FAFSA. State forms do not replace filling out the FAFSA. You must fill out the FAFSA to receive federal student aid. Note: "Date received" means received by the U.S. Department of Education.

New York 2020-2021 June 30, 2021-date received

New York 2019-2020 June 30, 2020-date received

Deadline Information

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

Financial aid files completed after the financial aid priority deadline date will be reviewed. However, the financial aid 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 financial aid. Completed files and APTS applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Us


Fax: 518-580-4863

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 Associate: 0916

Undergraduate Bachelor's: 0913

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


If you are attending the spring 2020 term, the deadline to have all financial aid applications, additional financial aid requirements/documents and appeals submitted and any student loans accepted was December 6, 2019 in order ensure the processing of your aid eligibility by the spring payment deadline.

For students planning to enroll beginning in May 2020 or thereafter, the 2020-2021 FAFSA application is now available to complete.

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.