Announcements for Students

Note: All times shown are Eastern Time (E.T.) unless stated otherwise.

June 30, 2017

SUNY Board of Trustees Approves Change in Tuition Rates

The SUNY Board of Trustees has approved a change in tuition rates for all undergraduate and some graduate programs offered by SUNY institutions.

All undergraduate tuition rates are increasing, as is the cost of some graduate programs.

The changes go into effect for the fall 2017 semester.

For complete information on tuition and fees, visit Contact with questions.

August 18, 2017

The payment due date for the Fall 1 2017 term is Sept. 18-18.  Registrations not paid for by this date will be cancelled. If you are on the time payment plan, your first 1/3 down payment is due by Sept. 1.

August 17, 2017

We've got another information packed issue of The Student Connection ready for your reading pleasure! Be sure to check out our submission guidelines to see how you can contribute to SUNY Empire State College's student-run online newsletter.

August 11, 2017

Register now for the all-new Fall Student Conference!   This year it takes place Nov. 2-4, 2017 at the Albany, NY Hilton.

August 3, 2017

Information Technology Services (ITS) has completed the Moodlerooms 3.2.3 upgrade. See the full announcement for more details.

May 30, 2017

Registration for the Fall 1 2017 term opens Tuesday, May 30 at 9 a.m. and closes Friday, Sept. 1 at 5 p.m.

May 23, 2017

Students are invited to participate in SUNY Empire's "Revisioning Adult Higher Education" webinar series June 5, 12 and 19 at noon Eastern. The first presentation is titled, "Who Cares About Adult Students Today: The Implication of Recent Changes in American Higher Education," and will be presented by Dr. Amy Rose, emeritus professor of adult education at Northern Illinois University. More information can be found at

May 15, 2017

New York State recently changed the Meningitis requirement for post-secondary institutions. Under New York State Public Health Law 2167, if a student answers yes to having had the Meningitis vaccine they must provide proof they had it within the last 5 years. Students who are registered for the Spring 2017 term and after will need to submit their vaccine record or their response form. The Office of Admissions is currently reaching out to those students who need to submit additional documentation. Please visit for updated information.

May 15, 2017

The deadline to apply for scholarships for 2017-18 is May 31. Submit your application at

April 3, 2017

Empire State College Foundation Application for Scholarships Tool: Applications are now open for scholarships for the 2017-2018 year, through a new online portal called ESCFAST. Thanks to the college's donors, more than $700,000 in scholarships will be distributed by the Empire State College Foundation to eligible students in the upcoming year. Submit your application today to be considered for a scholarship. The deadline for scholarships distributed in the 2017-2018 academic year is May 31, 2017. ESCFAST Student Flier (PDF  116kB). Questions? Contact:

February 17, 2017

Check out the career fairs in your region! Our Career Services site has a full listing of events you are eligible to attend. Special thanks to our colleagues in higher education for opening their career fairs to SUNY Empire. 

February 2, 2017

Following the suggestions of a number of our students, a Yammer discussion forum is now available for students to engage in open, respectful discussion around current social and political challenges.

Periodically, site moderators Patricia Myers, the college’s director of the Office of Collegewide Student Affairs and Elliott Dawes, chief diversity officer for institutional equity and inclusion, will post prompts to encourage discussion on issues of societal concern.

Yammer is part of the college’s Office 365 suite of offerings and is password protected. Instructions for joining the college's Yammer network are available at

February 2, 2017

Information Technology Services (ITS) has completed the Moodlerooms 3.1.4 upgrade. New features include:

  • Improved Quiz Navigation:  You can now navigate forward and backward through your quiz attempt when reviewing prior to submitting your quiz. Moodlerooms has added a Previous Page button and a Next Page button to help navigate through your quiz attempt. 
  • PDF Feedback Files from your Instructor:  Your instructor can now provide an annotated PDF feedback file as part of the grading process for assignment activities.  When grading an assignment, your submitted file automatically converts to a pdf for your instructor to add notations, comments and highlights as part of their grading feedback.  If the instructor chooses to use this feature, you will see the PDF file in the assignment activity area where you originally uploaded your assignment and where you usually view your grades, feedback comments and feedback files in the past.   

A complete list of features, improvements and known issues in the Moodlerooms 3.1.4 release can be found in the Moodlerooms 3.1.4 Upgrade Knowledge Article.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Service Desk at 888-Help-009 (888-435-7009) or submit an incident ticket at

January 19, 2017

Internships are available for Capital Region SUNY Empire Students at our offices in Saratoga. Deatails about the opportunities, including how to apply, are posted in Purple Briefcase.

November 28, 2016

We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of SUNY Empire State College’s refreshed website! Phase I of this will go live Wednesday, 11/30.

More Information

October 7, 2016

Your 1 Stop Student Services website has arrived. 

What is it you ask?  This is your site - you are now 1 click away from getting quick answers to questions about registration, financial aid, billing, forms, events and more. It is LIVE!  Come explore at

September 16, 2016

Pay It Forward Initiative Launches; Promotes Collegewide Philanthropy

Philanthropy: "is the giving of anything – time, money, experience, skills, networks – in any amount to create a better world." The Pay It Forward Initiative at SUNY Empire is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging students, alumni, faculty and staff to seek out imaginative ways to engage and give back to the college and the communities in which they live. The Initiative is part of the strategic vision of the Alumni Student Federation Board of Governors to promote collegewide philanthropic efforts and establish a lifelong sense of community. Do you want to a make a difference? Do you want to be part of something bigger?

Join the Pay It Forward Initiative and start giving back today. Visit us at:

June 23, 2016

Effective 6/16/16, Higher One Inc. was acquired by Customers Bank. As part of this acquisition, Higher One's disbursement functions will now take place under BankMobile Disbursements, a division of Customers Bank. Higher One communicated this change to students on their web site. Additional information can be found at Student Accounts "Financial Aid Refunds" page.

September 20, 2016

Conquer your stress, manage your time, organize your job search and more! Check out the September issue of Empire State College's Student Health 101 (mobile-friendly version)

July 21, 2016

The college has begun providing students with Microsoft Office 365. As of July 20, 2016, all students enrolled in the Summer 2 term and June mini sessions will have their own college email address and the entire suite of cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 (O365) products, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype for Business. All other students will have access to the suite of products as of the first day of the term for which they are enrolled. Please see the article in ITS News for complete details on when you can expect to receive it and what to do in preparation.

July 22, 2016

Beginning Monday, July 25, the look and feel of MyESC will change. The change will make MyESC more mobile-friendly, as well as make it fit in better visually with the rest of the college website.

What Will Change?

Only the look and feel. It will become similar to that of the library website (

More information about the change to MyESC.

March 25, 2016

Take advantage of special pricing on personal computers and electronics through Empire State College's member purchase program from Dell. See the March 2016 flyer for details.

April 28, 2016

Empire State College has signed an agreement with to provide on-demand learning and training to all faculty, staff and students. See the ITS news article for more about and how to use it.

January 28, 2016

Students planning to attend May 16, 2016 and after should complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA online at listing school code 010286 in order for federal aid eligibility to be determined. Federal financial aid for the Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017 terms will begin to be processed by the Financial Aid office beginning February 22, 2016.

October 9, 2015

The college's Annual Safety and Security Report and Procedures is available on the Safety and Security web site (