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Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

How to Apply

Students interested in receiving financial assistance, with the exception of graduate assistantships, graduate tuition scholarships, graduate fellowships, and merit-based scholarships, must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is highly recommended that all students complete the FAFSA as soon as possible each year.  Timely completion of the FAFSA, which is available starting October 1 each year, will ensure that aid eligibility is maximized and any problems can be resolved without delaying the arrival of funds.  In order to receive priority consideration and maintain eligibility for need-based grants and scholarships, a processed FAFSA must be received by the Financial Aid Office no later than February 1 each year.  The school code for SUNY ESF is 002851.

Paper versions of the FAFSA are available for download at

Students completing the FAFSA online (recommended) will need an FSA ID in order to access the application and provide electronic signatures. Parents of dependent students will also need an FSA ID in order to sign the student's FAFSA. New or forgotten FSA IDs can be requested at

While completing the FAFSA, you will have the option to automatically import your tax data directly from the IRS into your application. All students and parents are highly encouraged to take advantage of this tool as it will make the FAFSA process much easier and simplify the application verification process for any students selected to submit tax forms and other information. Tax information reported should be from the "prior-prior year" (ex. 2021 tax year data when applying for the 2023-2024 school year, 2022 tax year data when applying for the 2024-2025 school year, etc.).

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

Application Deadlines

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

October 1 - Application Available

March 1 - Priority Deadline

Last Day of Enrollment Each Year - Final Deadline

June 30 - Official Federal Application Close

New York State Grants and Scholarships

October 1 - Application Available

May 1 (Following Year) - Final Deadline


New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

New York State residents are encouraged to apply for state grants and scholarships, including the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), Excelsior Scholarship, STEM Incentive Grant, and others.  The Express TAP Application (also known as the Application for Payment of New York State Grants and Scholarships) is required annually for determination of TAP Grant eligibility.  It must also be completed for other state awards, which require separate applications, to be awarded and paid. 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 TAP Application by clicking on the link which appears on the FAFSA Submission Confirmation Page. The online application may also be accessed at

Eligibility for TAP and other New York State grants and scholarships is determined by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).  Students interested in applying for NY grants and scholarships other than TAP should be sure to complete each separate application in addition to the TAP application.

The SUNY ESF School Code for state aid applications is 0950. If searching for ESF use "SUC En" as the criteria. Students will be asked to provide a college issued ID number when completing the applications. If known at the time of application, students should enter their ESF Banner ID, which begins with "F". If not known, this step can be skipped with no ID entered.

Graduate Student Assistantships

Assistantships and tuition scholarships for graduate students are not awarded by the Financial Aid Office. 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.