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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

2018-2019 Financial Aid News and Updates:


>>  Beginning on October 1, 2017, applicants can file the 2018-2019 FAFSA to apply for financial aid to help pay for college during the 2018-2019 academic year. View our 2018-2019 How to Apply for Financial Aid on the Web brochure for further details.  The priority application deadline for summer 2018, fall 2018, or spring 2019 financial aid is March 1, 2018.



2017-2018 Financial Aid News and Updates:  

>> To apply for spring 2018 financial aid, please view our brochure.  Spring transfer students can view our checklist!

>>  Learn more about the Excelsior Scholarship Program for SUNY New Paltz students.   The Excelsior Scholarship application for the spring 2018 semester is scheduled to open October 30, 2017 and will be available until December 4, 2017. The application will be available on the HESC website.

The spring 2018 application is open to students first entering college in the spring 2018 term, students who caught up on credits during the fall 2017 term to meet the credit requirement, and current college students who missed the deadline for the fall 2017 application.
Current Excelsior Scholarship recipients should not complete this application. For students who first received an award in fall 2017, no additional action is needed for the spring term. 

However, students transferring for the Spring 2018 semester will need to notify Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) of their plans so the school code can be updated. The HESC school code for New Paltz is 0925.


IRS Data Retrieval Tool and 2017-2018 Verification Update:

Are you selected for 2017-2018 verification and are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool?  The tool was disabled in early March due to security concerns. 
If you were requested to provide 2015 tax return information to our office please view our Tax Return Documentation Instructions for details on what documentation can now be submitted.  Non-tax filers are also no longer required to complete a 4506-T form for an IRS confirmation of non-filing status for 2015.
If you are just starting your 2017-2018 FAFSA, the IRS Data Retrieval Tool will be unavailable to upload your 2015 tax return information to the FAFSA. Financial aid applicants now filing the 2017-2018 FAFSA will have to enter their 2015 income and tax return information manually by using a copy of their 2015 federal tax return.