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Students interested in receiving financial assistance, with the exception of graduate assistantships, tuition scholarships, and fellowships, must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible after October 1, prior to the academic year of attendance at ESF. The application must be submitted, processed and received by ESF by February 1. FAFSA data will be accepted after February 1, but available funds may already be committed to other students. Prospective students do not need to receive notification of acceptance to ESF before applying for financial aid, however, they must be accepted to the College before a financial aid package can be created.

Students interested in receiving financial assistance for the summer must complete the separate SUNY ESF Summer Aid Application.

Paper versions of the FAFSA are available for download in PDF format at https://fafsa.ed.gov/options.htm or in the SUNY-ESF Office of Financial Aid, high school guidance offices, and other college financial aid offices. Students are highly encouraged to consider using the on-line version of the FAFSA, available at www.fafsa.govStudents and parents should also apply for a Federal Student Aid ID, which enables the use of electronic signatures and provides access to on-line financial aid records. FSA IDs can be requested at any of the Federal Student Aid websites.

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Application procedures and eligibility status can frequently change. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for the latest information and requirements.

New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

A separate application is required for students interested in TAP. Students who are New York State residents and list a New York State school while completing the FAFSA will be given the opportunity to complete an online Express Tap Application (ETA).  In order to start the application, simply click on the TAP link which appears on the FAFSA Confirmation Page. The online application may also be accessed at https://www.tapweb.org/totw.  New York State residents using the paper FAFSA and indicating a New York State school may complete the online TAP application using the previous link or complete the ETA which will be mailed automatically following the processing of the FAFSA.

TAP eligibility is determined by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).

Graduate Student Assistantships

The Financial Aid Office does not award assistantships or tuition scholarships for graduate students. Students interested in these forms of financial assistance should contact the Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies.

Verification of Information

All students who request financial assistance may be required to submit information about their and/or their family's personal financial situation prior to aid disbursement. The College may request copies of parents' and/or students' federal tax transcripts, along with other statements which will be used to verify other sources of income, family size, number of dependents in college, and other pertinent information.

Requests for verification information are authorized by the FAFSA signature process. Failure to comply with a request to verify pertinent information will result in the cancellation of any aid offered, and the possibility of legal action being taken by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Contact Information

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

Important Codes

  • SUNY ESF Federal School Code: 002851
  • SUNY ESF TAP Codes:
    • Undergraduate-0950
    • Graduate-5555

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