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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.

The 2024–25 FAFSA

The 2024–25 FAFSA is available at StudentAid.gov. We encourage you to complete your FAFSA and NYS Payment Application as soon as possible. Colleges will gain access to the FAFSA results sometime in April and we will provide your financial aid award package soon thereafter. 

FAFSA Completion Assistance

  • Visit Federal Student Aid’s YouTube page to learn what’s new and how to apply.
  • Create your FSA ID in advance.  You (the student) and, if applicable, your other FAFSA contributors will each need an FSA ID.
  • Access our step-by-step tutorial on completing the 24–25 FAFSA and TAP applications:


Getting Started with Financial Aid

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

Once your FAFSA is processed and you are admitted to the college, we will provide your personalized financial aid summary and SUNY Financial Aid Plan (FAP). 

The SUNY Net Price Cost Calculator provides an estimate of your cost of attendance and financial support. Select SUNY Plattsburgh from the dropdown. Additional financial information can be found at the NCES College Navigator site and College Scorecard.

Follow these Steps

I truly cannot express how thankful I am you were able to help me out! This is something I have spent months stressing about and you have genuinely taken a weight off my shoulders.
Kayla B.

Financial Aid Awarding Process

You must meet basic eligibility criteria and program-specific eligibility to be awarded federal, state and institutional aid opportunities.

  1. Eligible Student — A student who is a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen; has a valid social security number, completed high school or an approved equivalent; is enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program; is in good academic standing; and has completed the FAFSA and resolved any FAFSA conflicts. More information on eligibility criteria is available at studentaid.gov.
  2. Eligible Program — A degree or certificate program that is qualified to participate in financial aid. All of the undergraduate degree programs available at SUNY Plattsburgh are eligible for financial aid. Visit Graduate Admissions to explore eligible programs for graduate study.
  3. Eligible Coursework — In general, coursework is aid-eligible if it satisfies the degree requirements for a student’s first major. Undergraduate degree requirements include a total of 120 credits of general education (GE) courses, major courses, elective credits, and additional requirements. Degree requirements are summarized in the undergraduate catalog for a student’s catalog year and also on Degree Works audits. Ultimately, maintaining aid eligibility is the student’s responsibility.
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