Financial Aid

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News and Updates:


3 Major Changes are Being Made to the 2017-2018 FAFSA process!

1) 2015 tax return information will now be used, which is 1 YEAR EARLIER.

2) The 2017–2018 FAFSA will be available 3 MONTHS EARLIER, on October 1, 2016. The priority application deadline is MARCH 1, 2017.

3) Students are expected to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for a more accurate and easier FAFSA completion process.

Further details are available at


View our 2017-2018 How to apply for Financial Aid on the web brochure. The priority FAFSA application filing date is March 1, 2017 for summer 2017, fall 2017, and spring 2018 financial aid.


 >> Are you a spring 2017 transfer student?

All spring 2017 transfer students should file their 2016-2017 FAFSA by Oct. 1, 2017. See our informational brochure.

All financial aid applicants are expected to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool when filing their 2016-2017 FAFSA. To update your 2016-2017 FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval tool, login to your FAFSA to update your 2016-2017 FAFSA.

Read more helpful information, or view an IRS Data Retrieval Tool video tutorial.

Check out our helpful financial aid tip sheet for transfer students!


>> Are you a current SUNY New Paltz student who needs assistance filing your 2016 tax return?  Read more here about free tax help!