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Apply for Aid & the Award Process

How can you make college more affordable? Explore financial aid opportunities and complete aid applications. Learn more below about applying for aid and the components of financial aid awarding.

Getting Started

To be considered for federal, state and some institutional aid programs at SUNY Plattsburgh, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and NYS Payment application each year.

Once we have received a valid FAFSA and you have applied and been admitted to the college, you will have access to a personalized financial aid summary and SUNY Financial Aid Plan (FAP). Follow the steps below to apply for aid.

If you would like a generic estimate prior to this, you can view and print a copy of an estimated personalized cost of attendance by visiting the SUNY Net Price Cost Calculator. Select SUNY Plattsburgh from the dropdown. Additional financial information can be found at the NCES College Navigator site and College Scorecard.

Step 1: Create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID

The FSA ID is used to log into certain U.S. Department of Education websites and electronically sign FSA documents. The student applying for financial aid, and at least one parent in the household (if a dependent student), should create a FSA ID. Visit the create an account page and follow the instructions. Once submitted, you will be able to use your FSA ID right away.

Step 2: Complete the FAFSA

After receipt of your FSA ID, students complete the FAFSA. For all forms of financial aid with limited resources, SUNY Plattsburgh gives priority to students whose FAFSA data is processed as close as possible to Oct. 1. While completing the FAFSA online, list SUNY Plattsburgh as one of your school selections.

Step 3: Complete the NYS Payment  Application

New York state residents also have the opportunity to apply for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) online. On the confirmation page at the end of the FAFSA, select the appropriate link to submit your state aid application. If you overlook this link, visit tap.hesc.ny.gov/totw/ to apply. This application may also be needed to determine eligibility in other NYS aid programs, like the Excelsior Scholarship.

Step 4: Apply for the Excelsior Scholarship

Learn more about this scholarship opportunity, participation requirements and application availability at www.hesc.ny.gov.

Step 5: Receive Your Financial Aid Summary

The financial aid office begins emailing financial aid notifications in November or December. Your financial aid summary details your financial aid eligibility and advises you of additional steps/actions to finalize your awards.

Step 6: Respond to Inquiries

During this entire process, respond promptly to any inquiries from federal and state agencies and from the financial aid office. Try to respond timely, as delays could impede the review process, emailing of aid summaries, and disbursement of funds.

Step 7: Bill Payment

Process your tuition bill (also called confirming enrollment) on MyPlattsburgh once it is available online. You will receive an email from us when your bill is ready. Pay close attention to its due date, and follow the instructions for removing optional fees, accepting or waiving medical insurance, choosing cardinal cash, making payment and other processing activities.

Quick Links to Important Information

Proxy Accounts for Parents & Guests

A proxy is someone assigned by the student to view information.  Proxy access is granted for a maximum of one academic year and must be renewed each year.  Many students elect to create a proxy account for their parents. Likewise, the student can revoke or update these permissions at any time. It is the student’s responsibility to create and maintain proxy account access. Add Proxy (Plattsburgh NetID login required).  

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