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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid is now located in Wooster Hall 124.


>>  View our Financial Aid Checklist and be sure to complete all of your financial aid requirements before the start of the fall 2017 semester.

Excelsior Scholarship Program Information:

>>The recently passed New York State budget includes funding for the new Excelsior Scholarship Program, which will provide undergraduate tuition assistance to NYS residents attending SUNY or CUNY on a full-time basis. For the 2017-18 academic year, families may qualify for an award with a 2015 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) under $100,000. It is anticipated that the amount of the Excelsior Scholarship will be based on the cost of tuition minus all other grants and scholarships such as TAP and Pell. The Excelsior Scholarship Program will be administered by Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). 

In addition to income requirements, students must meet academic and residency requirements to qualify for and maintain this scholarship. For example, students must complete 30 credits per year to continue to receive the scholarship. Recipients must also live and work (if employed) in NYS for the number of years equal to the number of years the awards were received, otherwise the scholarship total will be converted to a loan (with a 0% interest rate).

Learn More - Excelsior Scholarship Program at SUNY New Paltz
Excelsior Scholarship Fact Sheet
HESC Excelsior Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions


IRS Data Retrieval Tool and 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.