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Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
113 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 470-6706
(315) 470-4734 (Fax)
finaid@esf.edu

SUNY-ESF Federal School Code: 002851

SUNY-ESF TAP Codes:
 · Undergraduate-0950
 · Graduate-5555

Types of Available Awards

NOTE: In the tables below, the term “Full-Time Undergraduate Student” in this chart means one taking at least 12 credit hours per semester in a degree/ certificate program; “Three-Quarter-Time Undergraduate Student” means one taking at least 9 credit hours per semester in a degree/ certificate program; “Half-Time Undergraduate Student” means one taking at least 6 credit hours per semester in a degree/certificate program. Graduate students not holding an assistantship are considered full-time if registered for 12 credit hours each semester. Graduate students holding an assistantship and/or tuition scholarship are full-time if registered for 9 credit hours each semester. This information is accurate as of 8/15/13.


ESF Scholarships and Grants

Scholarship Program Eligibility Amount Where to Apply
ESF Presidential Scholarships Winners are selected based on academic records, recommendations, and academic program requirements. Up to $3,000 per year for N.Y. residents and up to $8,000 per year for out-of-state residents. All freshman and transfer applications submitted to ESF by February 1 will be reviewed for possible selection.
ESF National Scholarships Awarded to outstanding students from outside NY State. Up to $8,000 per year. Renewable. All freshman and transfer applications submitted by February 1 will be reviewed for possible selection.
ESF Legacy Scholarships Children or grandchildren of ESF alumni enrolled in full-time undergraduate study. Up to five winners selected each year. $250 per semester for up to ten semesters. Renewable with cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Complete family question on ESF's Supplemental Application for Admission to be considered.
Paper Science and Engineering Scholarships United States citizens enrolled in or admitted to the Paper Science or Paper Engineering programs. Entering freshmen are awarded a $1,000 scholarship for their first year. Amounts for transfer and continuing students are based on GPA. Students must apply annually by completing the FAFSA, available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
ESF College Foundation Awards Students with financial need or academic merit enrolled at least half-time. Amounts for these awards vary from $100 - $5,000, depending upon need. Student must complete the FAFSA, available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Haudenosaunee Scholar Awards Certified citizenship in Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca or Tuscarora nations. $5,000 per year (full-time study only). Two scholarships awarded each year. Application available on Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website: www.esf.edu/financialaid/.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships Community college transfer students who are members of PTK honor society. $1,500 per year. Renewable with GPA of 3.00 or higher. Proof of PTK membership submitted with application for admission.
National Merit, National Achievement, and National Hispanic Scholarships Semifinalists or finalists in any of these three national scholarship programs. Combined ESF Presidential and Merit Scholarships totaling up to $8,000 per year. Renewable. High school records provided for admission must indicate student's semifinalist or finalist selection.

State and Federal Government Grants

Need-based Grant Eligibility Amount Where to Apply
Federal Pell Grant Accepted or enrolled full-time, three-quarter-time, or half-time undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. From $555 to $5,550. Cannot exceed one-half the cost of college expenses. Eligibility limited to 12 semesters. Students must submit the FAFSA, available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Full-time, three-quarter-time, or half-time undergraduate students with exceptional need. Up to $4,000, depending upon need and college expenses. Students must submit the FAFSA, available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Full or part-time students at any accredited college in New York State. Resident of New York State. Must demonstrate financial need. $500 to $5,000 for undergraduates, depending on NYS net taxable income and dependency status. Students must complete the FAFSA using the TAP section, available at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Part-Time New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) TAP eligible undergraduate students who were 1st time freshmen enrolled full-time in 2011-12, and must be enrolled in 6-11 credit hours per semester for 2012-13. $250 to $4,583 based on a prorated percentage of the full-time TAP grant equivalent. Students must complete the FAFSA and the TAP application.
Educational Opportunity Grant (EOP) Undergraduate students. Resident of NewYork State. For educationally and economically disadvantaged students. Varies according to individual need.Applicants must submit the Federal Income Tax Form. Guidelines are in the SUNY Application for Admission. Submit the FAFSA.

Federal Student Loans

Loan Program Eligibility Amount Where to Apply
Federal Perkins Loan For all full-time, three-quarter-time, or half-time students with financial need. Students borrow from the College on their own signature (no cosigner required). Amount varies according to student's need. The total loan limit is $27,500 for an undergraduate program and $60,000 for a graduate program. No interest while in school. Repayment at 5% interest begins 9 months after leaving school. Up to 10 years to repay. Average loan in 2012-13 was $2,092. Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). www.fafsa.ed.gov

Federal Direct Loan

NOTE: Repayment begins 6 months after you graduate or fall below half-time status. You have up to 10 years to repay the loan. There is a 1.051% origination fee (for the federal government) deducted proportionately from your loan proceeds. The 2013-2014 interest rate is 3.86% for undergraduate student loans and 5.41% for graduate student loans.

For all full-time, three- quarter-time, or half- time students. There are subsidized loans (interest-free while in school) and unsubsidized loans (student responsible for interest while in school).

Students borrow from the Federal Government. Loans are processed through the College.

NOTE: Direct loans may be subsidized or unsubsidized or a combination. A subsidized loan is such that interest does not accrue while the borrower is in school. An unsubsidized loan is such that the borrower must make interest-only payments while in school or allow interest payments to be added to the principal.

NOTE: Average subsidized loan was $4,173 for undergraduate students in 2012-13. Average unsubsidized loan was $4,002 for undergraduate students and $12,061 for graduate students in 2012-13.

Dependent Students: The maximum per year is $5,500 for freshmen, with no more than $3,500 subsidized; $6,500 for sophomores, with no more than $4,500 subsidized; $7,500 for juniors and seniors, with no more than $5,500 subsidized. The borrowing limit for dependent undergraduate students is $31,000, with no more than $23,000 subsidized.

Independent students or students whose parents cannot borrow under the Federal Direct PLUS Loan Program: The subsidized and unsubsidized maximum per year is $9,500 for freshmen, $10,500 for sophomores, and $12,500 for juniors and seniors. The borrowing limit for independent undergraduate students is $57,500, with no more than $23,000 subsidized.

Graduate or Professional Students: The unsubsidized maximum is $20,500 per year (borrowing limit is $138,500 over lifetime in school). Interest subsidized loans will not be available to new borrowers after 7/1/12.

Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). www.fafsa.ed.gov
Federal Direct PLUS Loan For parents or guardians of financially dependent undergraduate students. Graduate students may also borrow Direct PLUS loans. The maximum is the cost of education at ESF minus any estimated financial aid. Borrowers must meet established credit criteria. Loan repayment begins 60 days after the loan is fully disbursed. The 2013-2014 interest rate is 6.41%. There is a 4.204% origination fee. Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). www.fafsa.ed.gov

Student Employment

Employment Program Eligibility Amount Where to Apply
Federal Work-Study For full-time, three-quarter-time, or half-time students with financial need. Opportunities for employment are offered during the academic year and/or summer. Students may work up to 20 hours per week when classes are in session or up to 40 hours per week during vacations. Hourly wages up to $8.00 per hour during the academic year, or $9.00 per hour for summer employment.

Students must submit the FAFSA application at www.fafsa.ed.gov, and the appropriate tax forms.

Job Location and Development Program For all ESF students. Students are connected to job opportunities with local employers. Wage and hours will vary according to job offers. Apply by visiting the ESF job locator in the Financial Aid Office.

Graduate Student Assistantships

Assistantships Eligibility Amount Where to Apply
Graduate Assistantships Assistantships sponsored by N.Y. State and various research projects are available. Students assist with instruction, research, and support operations for an assigned program area. Graduate assistants normally work for 10–20 hours per week. The award range is generally $11,000–$30,000 per year, and a tuition scholarship may also be provided. Financial need is not a criterion for qualification. The application for admission serves as the application for graduate assistantships for beginning students. Continuing students should contact their department chair.

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